Please read the proper disclaimer. The result was a book entitled "North Molton Gold! Upon first reading my book he wrote and said, "You have done a really marvellous job!
County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. The walls are 0. CuFeS 2. Share Email a friend Please enter your own name and your friend's email address below and we will email them a link to this page. By workings existed on either side of the valley, and pumping was by water power. Click here to sponsor this page.
It was a fascinating read. Over the last 30 years or so I have gleaned various snippets of information from the family archives, but this is the first time that I am aware of where somebody has pulled everything together in such a detailed and concise manner.
It is a mineralogical thriller! But i ts presence is not confined to any particular formation, and in certain cases it has been found in granite, and sometimes, but very rarely, in chalk.
Now the extreme south of Devon, round Start Point and a large district in the north, just below Hangman's Hill, is almost entirely composed of slates of various kinds, while between these points, widely distributed throughout the county are patches of other rocks which might be auriferous. History relates that gold in some quantity has been actually found in three Devonshire districts, namely near North Tawton, North Molton and Combe Martin.
Copper miners have also found small specks of gold in gossands in various parts of the county. North Tawton can be dismissed in a few words. On one occasion when working near the chief veins in that district, some miners came upon a ferruginous lode from which they extracted a small quantity of gold, but no particular interest attached to the find and the matter does not seem to have been pursued further.
The North Molton mines, according to the pamphlet printed for distribtuion at the meeting of the British Association in Exeter in August , were worked by the Romans, and subsequently in the reign of King John, as royal mines, stated to be rich in gold and silver and copper. Lord Poltimore informs me of the existence of a legend, that at one time enough gold was found in these mines to pay for a military expedition of one of our earlier kings.
Now if this is so, we shall be placing sufficient belief in the abundance of North Molton gold if we consider that the "expedition" was one of the smaller raids into Wales in the time of Edward I, rather than one of the more important attempts on Scotland or France. Nothing further of importance concerning the North Molton mine is related until we come to the year Quoting again from the above-mentioned pamphlet, it is stated that a small company worked it in that year for copper under the title of "Prince Albert Mine" and the copper found contained a considerable percentage of gold.
North Molton Gold. Posted on February 7th Summary of Fred Harding's talk at the AGM at Filleigh, by Chris Popham. Mr Harding explained that he. In a talk to the Exmoor Mines Research Group in April , entitled 'The North Molton Gold Rush,' reported in their newsletter (EMRG 9, 3).
The Devonshire Directory for confirms that statement partially by asserting that "about , gold was found in a large lump or pocket. The Combe Martin Mines have a much more important and respectable history. According to Lyson in his History , during the reign of Edward I, especially in the year , great profit was derived from the Devon mines at Combe Martin and Beer Alston a silver mine and miners were forcibly removed from their homes in Wales and Derbyshire, and made to work in these royal mines.