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New Cooks Kitchen, Illogan, Cornwall. Early 1900s

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New Cooks Kitchen, Illogan, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Chappels (engine) shaft at the 406 level. This shows a typical Cornish kibble, with curved sides to prevent snagging, which has been hoisted from below by an air winch and its contents dumped into a tram. The pipe running from top left to centre bottom follows the dip or underlie of the lode and took compressed air to the rock drill working at a deeper level shown in the photograph at the bottom of Engine Shaft. Photographer: John Charles Burrow (1852-1914)

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TRURI : MIcok.2

Media ID 11420229

© From the collection of the RIC

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This print takes us back to the early 1900s, capturing a glimpse of the New Cooks Kitchen in Illogan, Cornwall. The focal point of this image is the Chappels (engine) shaft at the 406 level, showcasing an essential aspect of Cornish mining history. Intriguingly, we witness a typical Cornish kibble suspended in mid-air by an air winch. Its curved sides are designed ingeniously to prevent any snagging during hoisting operations. With precision and expertise, its contents are dumped into a waiting tram below. This process exemplifies the efficiency and resourcefulness employed by miners during that era. The photograph also reveals a pipe running diagonally from top left to center bottom. This conduit follows the dip or underlie of the lode and serves as a pathway for compressed air delivery to power rock drills operating at deeper levels within Engine Shaft. John Charles Burrow, renowned photographer from 1852-1914, skillfully captured this momentous scene with great attention to detail. His lens immortalizes not only the physical equipment used but also pays homage to those who worked tirelessly underground in hazardous conditions. As we delve into this historical snapshot, it becomes evident that it represents more than just machinery; it symbolizes resilience and determination intrinsic to Cornwall's mining heritage. It stands as a testament to human ingenuity and unwavering spirit amidst challenging circumstances – an enduring tribute etched forever in time within Royal Cornwall Museum's archives.

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