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Cornish Mining

Cornish Mining the Basics

 

Engine Houses

Click to see a larger version of this imageMining Engine Houses copyright the Royal Institution of Cornwall

The old engine houses are the most iconic remains of Cornwall’s industrial past. 


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Explosives and Fuses

Click to see a larger version of this imagevictorian miner about to light a fuse with a candle

Blasting in mines was extremely dangerous.


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Gunpowder

Click to see a larger version of this imageearly miners lighting a fuse with candles

From the late 17th century gunpowder came into use in Cornish mines.


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A World Heritage Site

 

Camborne and Redruth Mining District

Click to see a larger version of this imageCamborne and Redruth Mining District A5 Wheal Peevor Group copyright A Cocks at Cornwall Council

The mining districts of Camborne and Redruth were at the centre of metal mining in Cornwall and west Devon.


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Comment left by ruby on 2010-01-14 14:54:49

I visited in 2008 and I thought it was very good!! I liked the tour of the mine espesaly!But I think that thete should have been more interactiv things in the museum!

Comment left by ruby on 2010-01-14 14:57:33

i visited in 2008 with my family .We all thought that the tour round the mine was the best part .but there should have been more interactiv stuff for kids!!!!

 

Comment left by Bethan Jones on 2012-02-22 21:02:32

I visted a few years ago and it was great the tour was amazing and i love the mine and i cant wait to go again!!!

 

Comment left by Mary Ann on 2012-09-28 16:02:24

Toured the Geevor Mine and Museum in September 2012 and found it fascinating. Some Cornish miners settled in my county in Maryland in the 1850s to work in the copper mines.

 

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