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Concrete buildings outside St.Just...?

Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:23 am
by TheVisitor
Hello,could anyone give me any information about the large,derelict,concrete building outside St.Just on the A3071,opposite a small lake?(Leaving St.Just,it's on the left.)Was it a millitary building?What was it's purpose?Thanks.

Re: Concrete buildings outside St.Just...?

Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:07 am
by Marhak
Yes. Mike has it. All those structures, on both sides of the road were dries and processing floors of the Leswidden china-clay works which shut down in the early 20th century. The lake, or the "Blue Pool" as its known, occupies the main china clay quarry pit although in recent years its lost the beautiful turquoise shade it once had. The dry on the N side of the road, opposite the pool has scratched-in graffiti that's been there for at least 30 years: just saying "Res yu dhym": 'I must', or 'I have need'. The china clay pits, spoil heaps and procesing building stretch south the near the St Just-Sancreed road, and also occupy much of the sett of the Balleswidden mine (An' there they had an engine good/That draa'd the water like a flood/ An' sucked right up the very mud/Of the Mine of Balleswidden" -from poem by Billy Foss).

Opposite the solitary mine stack to the W of the Blue Pool, are two tracks leading to Higher Bostraze, where I kept my horse for many years, and Lower Bostraze, home of the horses I ride now. Just above Lower Bostraze is another china clay pit which was working until 1993 (now Nankervis's scrap yard).

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Re: Concrete buildings outside St.Just...?

Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:09 am
by Marhak
I should add that the entire fleet of Scott May's Stunt UK travelling show (the largest travelling show in Europe) is housed in one of the Leswidden Dries - You'd never know it was there except from a plane.

Re: Concrete buildings outside St.Just...?

Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:23 pm
by Marhak
I can find out who originally ran it, Mike. The land is mostly owned by Imreys, formerly ECLP, and the Lower Bostraze pit was run by ECLP until its closure in 1993. Imreys has sold off some of the land recently but by no means all. They still own the mine stack near the road.

Re: Concrete buildings outside St.Just...?

Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:04 am
by TheVisitor
Thank you kindly for the replies,I've also found a brief description of the dry on the Trevithick Society website,cheers.