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Life at the edge

Mines and Miners

 

Stannary Parliment

Click to see a larger version of this imagedrawing of a stannary palace

When Henry II came to the throne in 1154, he saw how much money could be made from tin.


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Great houses, estates and gardens

Click to see a larger version of this imagetrengwainton house

The landscape of Cornwall has been shaped by the mining industry and by the wealth of those who profited from mining.


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Life Underground

Click to see a larger version of this imagetwo miners working underground  on is topless showing how warm it is.

Work underground was dark, noisy, wet and hot. But for most miners working anywhere else was unthinkable.


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Mossel time

Click to see a larger version of this imageminers underground taking a break and having mossel

Most miners took food and drink underground with them; at some stage during their shift would sit and take a break close to where they were working.


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Comment left by ded1977 on 2010-03-01 22:21:04

i went on the underground tour and loved it the guide is / was an old mine worker and was full of infomation i would recommend this tour to all but those that are claustrophobic as the mine is very tight and small under ground but you can stay outside or walk aroun the rest of the museum well worth the money

Comment left by NorthernMetallurgist on 2011-09-09 01:03:49

A stupendous industrial and social history record, with some real heart rending moments. Best value day out in Cornwall? You bet your a***, True grit of working live at half the price of other "more widely talked about, plant based attractions...."

 

Comment left by tromboneplayaa on 2011-09-29 12:23:42

awesomeee

 

Comment left by Paul Mills on 2013-03-05 21:01:50

My wife and I visited in February and the whole day was very interesting and well worth the visit. I was very proud of my wife who insisted on doing the underground tour even though she is disabled, even a fit person would find being underground difficult. Our guide was very informative and interesting.

 

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