King Edward the First sent Derbyshire leadminers to work in Combe Martin
The Kings mines leased by Friscobaldi merchant bankers of Florence for 2 years.
Phillip de Columbria, Lord of the Manor of Combe Martin leases mines for 1 year.
Start of the 100 years war with France.
Total of £4,046.00 silver mined since 1290 – 1340
The Black Death in England
Severe mortality from Black Death causes scarcity of labour
Derbyshire miners flee back towards home
More miners brought from Pennines
In the reign of Henry VII the Combe Martin Mines “being then doothe deepe and almost worn out, ceased” and were abandoned.
Joachim Hochstetter worked “Cumph Martin” mines with six other German engineers and 1000 men.
Mines lay domant for fifty years.
A rich new vein was discovered by Adrian Gilbert. Attempts to work it were initially unsuccessful until engineer Bevis Bulmer arrived. This was named Fayes mine and went to a depth of 32 Fathoms.
The last of the silver from Fayes mine was exracted. 2 fine cups were made for Belvis Bulmer.
Adrien Gilbert commissions “Edes Spoons”
Charles 1st Royal Mines of Combe Martin became important again managed by Thomas Bushell.
Gunpowder used for blasting in mines. Most mines worked down to water table and abandoned.
The Great Plague
Bushell dies aged 80. Metals imported from Colonies. Combe Martin closed for over a Century.
Development of vertical shafts for hauling and pumping
Renewed Activity. Iron and silver mined. 9000 tons of ore sent to South Wales in six years,
A GROUP OF MINING ENTHUSIASTS BEGIN TO UNCOVER THE REMAINS LEFT ON MINE TENEMENT. 2001 COMBE MARTIN SILVER MINES RESEARCH AND PRESERVATION SOCIETY IS FORMED TO PRESERVE AND RESEARCH WHAT IS LEFT OF THE SITE.
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