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Cornish Mining

Innovation and Inventors

 

Hornblower

Hornblower was an engineering family who began to improve the Newcomen engine.   


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Safety fuse

Click to see a larger version of this imagecoiled safety fuse copyright the Geevor Archive

In 1831, William Bickford, a leather merchant from Tuckingmill near Camborne, invented the safety fuse.


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Dynamite

Click to see a larger version of this imagedynamite explosives copyright Pat Comber

By 1870 a new high explosive, dynamite, invented by Alfred Nobel, became increasingly popular.


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Geevor Underground

Drilling and Blasting

 

Victorian Mining

Click to see a larger version of this imagegroup of miners underground wearing tull hats and candles

The greatest era of mining in Cornwall was the early 19th century, when Cornwall became the world’s leading supplier of copper.


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Comment left by Tee - Yaa on 2009-11-10 17:48:08

good website not very educaational i think there should be more about the history of the mine

Comment left by Sam Scantlebury on 2010-06-27 18:13:58

Fantastic website, more archival info and photos' please.

 

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