A collection of walks, discoveries, insights and pictures of exploring Dartmoor National Park
October 10, 2021
Wheal Fanny is believed to have been opened as a copper mine around 1822, with a lead lode being discovered about five years after. The mine was originally worked together with Tor Wood mine (see separate post on this mine) which lies over a mile away to the north east. It is recorded (Harris) that the mine was also known as Crandford mine and the walls of the engine house, of local stone with fine granite groins, still partially stand, and around are the remains of the old workings, undulations and spoil heaps. This recording was circa 1960s and today very little is said to remain and certainly not visible from the (public) footpath / bridleway.
The mine was worked on and off until 1836, by which time the engine shaft had reached 30 fathoms and the adit driven approx. 300 fathoms. Then the mine remained idle but was reopened in 1851. This re-opening was unsuccessful and the mine was put up for sale in 1854. Finally the mine resumed work in 1864, on this occasion under the name of Leawood Mine. The mine was finally abandoned in 1868. Source of information : Mindat.org