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Visit to Kelly Micaceous Haematite Mine (IA Section)

Thu. 19 July 2018 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

£3 – £5

To be led by Mick Atkinson.

As parking is limited at the mine, we will share cars to Kelly, which is near Lustleigh. Meet at 10am at Bovey Tracey car park (the one at the bottom of town by the river Bovey with the loos).

Fees: £3.00 for DA members; £5.00 for non-members (paid on the day). The fees collected will be donated to The Kelly Mine Preservation Society.

Numbers are limited to 16, so early pre-enrolment is essential to secure a place.

Kelly mined micaceous haematite, an unusual form of iron ore (called locally “shiny ore”) which was used mainly for rust-resistant paints. There were a number of mines located north of Bovey Tracey between Hennock, Lustleigh and Moretonhampstead which were worked mainly in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries with the last mine, Great Rock, closing in 1969.

After the mine and dressing floors at Kelly finally closed in the early 1950s, the machinery lay dormant virtually untouched by scrap merchants and due to the enormous efforts of the preservation society now stand as an almost unique example of mine dressing floors preserved in their original location.    

The site is fairly easy to walk around but you will need stout footwear and, as micaceous haematite tends to cling to most garments, it is better not to wear something you want to wear to the Ritz afterwards – unless you want to ‘sparkle’!

There are no toilets on the site.

There are a number of interesting industrial archaeology sites nearby for those wanting to visit a site afterwards eg. Porters Shaft engine house, count house and tips at Wheal Exmouth, Canonteign Barton; a particularly fine stretch of the Haytor Granite Tramway in Yarner Wood nature reserve; or the Haytor Granite quarry and tramway near Haytor itself.

For anyone who cannot make the day but still wants to see the site, there is an open day organised by the society on 2 September. More details on http://www.kellymine.co.uk/.


Thu. 19 July 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
£3 – £5
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Industrial Archaeology Section (Mick Atkinson)
07798 501580