Roselidden History

As we restore these beautiful granite buildings we are also unearthing the historical roots of Roselidden. In addition to the local knowledge we have so far gleaned,  we are amassing more details through research in the Cornwall Archives. Here is an edited version.

1500’s

Roselidden area mined for tin. Known as one of the wealthiest mines in Cornwall. Probably tin streaming, and shallow workings only. In 1536 John Haymor, a freeman and lessee of ‘Roslyn’ was fined 44s for raising and allowing others to raise tin without a license from the Duchy. He had to fill the workings in.

1700’s

Deep mining at Well Close and Trenethick Wood (to the west), Roselidden (to the north) and Wheal Widden (to the east) using horse whims to raise the ore. Over 100 men are employed in the Roselidden mine, which produces between 800 and 900 sacks of black tin ore each fortnight.

1810

Mining largely abandoned. Area mapped. Roselidden buildings shown in use as a laundry.

1835

Work restarted at Wheal Widden, Engine House built and shafts sunk to 60 fathoms, but little tin was found. Work abandoned.

1848

Work restarted, and a great deal of tin found at 60 and 110 fathom levels.

1850’s

Mining abandoned. Roselidden buildings reconfigured. Farmhouse, piggeries and barns built to serve 50 acre farm.

1900’s

Dairy added to the farmhouse, barns extended. Coach House and Bullpen built.

1930’s-  1940’s

House leased to RNAS Culdrose for Officer accommodation.

1950’s- 2000

Mixed farming with milk cattle, pigs and hens, until the owners retired in the 1980’s. Bulk of the farm and buildings sold off to neighbouring farmers. The farmhouse is left to a nephew, is no longer used and it gradually decays.

2008

Hadfield family buys the farmhouse, the old outbuildings and a seven acre meadow. Restoration starts.

2010

Farmhouse habitable, grounds reclaimed and shelter belt of trees and hedges planted.

2011

The Well House completed.

2012

Long Barn and Hayloft reworked and put to use again. Underfloor heating installed, powered by a ground source heat pump.

2013

More work on the Long Barn; completing internal decoration, the floor and the kitchen, and continuing the external pointing.

The Well House has a successful season of holiday lettings.

Driveway resurfaced, and entrance area re-walled.

2014

The Bakehouse Yard, a wood fired pizza and bread oven with adjacent sheltered seating area, is completed and used in earnest for the first time.

Green oak steps leading from the Mowhay to the Hayloft are completed.

The toilet for disabled persons and laundry/shower facilities are finally completed in the Long Barn.

2015

Work starts on the Bullpen; tree stumps removed, walls repaired, roofing started, open pen walls buit up and roof structure built. It will eventually be a sanctuary for quiet contemplation.

Wood burning stove installed in the Long Barn.

2016

We hope to complete the Bull Pen, and landscape the area between it and the garage/workshop.

Re-pointing of the barns will continue for the foreseeable future.