South Wheal Frances – Daubuz

Daubuz sits all on its lonesome on the southern edge of the South Wheal Francis sett, right on the border with West Wheal Basset. Built in 1880, it held a 30-inch rotative engine that was involved in winding and pumping via flatrods.

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The engine worked out of Daubuz shaft, which is about 60 meters to the WSW; this shaft was vertical to 170-fathoms (311m) and reached the 230-fathom (420m) level. Only the Great Flat lode was worked from this shaft.
Remains of the boiler house which would have held two boilers sits on the south side.

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The masonry in front of the engine are the remains of the loadings for the crankshaft, flywheel, winding drum and flat rod gear.

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Access:
Daubuz is to the SW of the main Marriot’s site and is right on the footpath.

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References:

Brown, K. and Acton, B. (2007) Exploring Cornish Mines: Volume One. 4th edn. Truro: Landfall.

Nance, D. and Brown, K. (2014) A complete guide to the engine houses of West Cornwall. Gloucestershire: Lightmoor Press.

Dines, H. G. (1956) The metalliferous mining regions of south-west England. British Geological Survey.