Sunday 18 October 2020

Significant Levels of Lithium In Cornwall

Cornwall has been known for it's tin and copper mines for many years. It is said, for example, that the mine at Polgooth supplied Phoenician traders with tin 3000 years ago.

There are tales of Joseph of Arimathea, a metal trader, visiting Cornwall with a young Jesus.

The small harbour at Charlestown, often mentioned on this blog, was initially built to export copper. Over 40,000 tons of copper ore were exported from here between 1810 and 1813.

Dolcoath mine, Camborne, Cornwall 1893

Cornwall had some of the richest copper reserves on earth during the 18th and 19th centuries.

And so the stories go on, but all has been quiet on the mining front for many years, the mines have all closed.

There is, however, promising news that the mining industry could once more spring to life. Not with tin or copper but with lithium. The mining firm, Cornish Lithium, are quoted as saying that Cornwall holds some of the world's best quality reserves of the metal.

Lithium is in  huge demand for use in mobile phones, laptops and also for the batteries of electric cars - essential as the UK plans to phase out petrol and diesel car sales by 2035.

It is said that along with hydrogen and helium, lithium was one of the three elements produced in bulk by the Big Bang that created the universe.

Other Posts:

Who or What are Cornish Knockers?

Did Jesus Visit Cornwall?

Public Footpath to Polgooth


  1. If the Lithium is in commercial quantities, that would be great news for Cornwall and also Gt. Britain. I did read that most of the world's lithium is being mined in Australia so to have another source here is good news.
    Interesting post as always Mike.

  2. Hopefully, this is good news, as you say, for Cornwall and the UK. Cornwall needs some proper jobs, there is too much reliance on the holiday trade.
    Thanks David.

  3. Very interesting and hopeful post. I can imagine that there is local excitement over the possibility of creating new industry and jobs, especially during such a difficult economy. While this is a time in history that I feel grateful to be retired, I can’t recall a time when so many people are out of work. Take care, Mike.

  4. Hello Ann, I agree entirely about being grateful to be retired. These are difficult days for many. Government policy is making many people lose their jobs - though it's difficult to see a real alternative at this time. Fortunately for us Cornwall has the lowest virus figures in England at the present time - so we feel very fortunate.
    Best wishes.




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