Silver Mining in the Channel Islands, Sark and Herm
A Cornish mining engineer named John Hunt discovered the
presence of silver ore on the islands of Sark and Herm in
around 1833. More than 25,000 ounces of silver was recovered
from one of the mines on Sark alone. The ruins of a silver
mine's surface structures can still be seen at Port Gorey.
At one time, the silver mines on Sark employed about 250
Cornish tin miners.
Given the massive price increases on the international
precious metals markets, could Sark and Herm once again
produce silver and lead profitably? I'd be surprised if
someone out there hadn't already considered it, as a regular
visitor to the Channel Islands I know I have!
Have any books been published on the Channel Island's
Silver Mines? Got any information on the silver mines or
silver mining in Sark, Guernsey or Herm?