History - Combe Martin Silver Mines

History of the mine

1292
1292

Earliest known documents

1295
1295

King Edward the First sent Derbyshire leadminers to work in Combe Martin

Kind Edward
1299
1299

The Kings mines leased by Friscobaldi merchant bankers of Florence for 2 years.

The Kings mines leased by Friscobaldi merchant bankers of Florence for 2 years.
1327
1327

Phillip de Columbria, Lord of the Manor of Combe Martin leases mines for 1 year.

1338
1338

Start of the 100 years war with France.

1340
1340

Total of £4,046.00 silver mined since 1290 – 1340

1349
1349

The Black Death in England

1349

Severe mortality from Black Death causes scarcity of labour

1360
1360

Derbyshire miners flee back towards home

1370
1370

More miners brought from Pennines

1490
1490

In the reign of Henry VII the Combe Martin Mines “being then doothe deepe and almost worn out, ceased” and were abandoned.

1528
1528

Joachim Hochstetter worked “Cumph Martin” mines with six other German engineers and 1000 men.

1537
1537

Mines lay domant for fifty years.

1587
1587

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.

1593
1593

The last of the silver from Fayes mine was exracted. 2 fine cups were made for Belvis Bulmer.

The last of the silver from Fayes mine was exracted. 2 fine cups were made for Belvis Bulmer.
1593

Adrien Gilbert commissions “Edes Spoons”

The Gilbert Spoon - 1580 - Combe Martin Silver Mine
1640
1640

Charles 1st Royal Mines of Combe Martin became important again managed by Thomas Bushell.

Charles 1st Royal Mines of Combe Martin became important again managed by Thomas Bushell.
1640

Civil War

1650
1650

Gunpowder used for blasting in mines. Most mines worked down to water table and abandoned.

1665
1665

The Great Plague

1674
1674

Bushell dies aged 80. Metals imported from Colonies. Combe Martin closed for over a Century.

1790
1790

Development of vertical shafts for hauling and pumping

1796
1796

Renewed Activity. Iron and silver mined. 9000 tons of ore sent to South Wales in six years,

1988
1988

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.

Ladders down - Combe Martin Mines