A World Heritage Site

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On July 13th 2006, the mining landscape of Cornwall and West Devon Became a World Heritage Site.

Cornish mining is now recognised as having cultural importance on a global level.  There are ten areas which show the most authentic and historically significant suriving components of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape.

 

St Just Mining District

Click to see a larger version of this imageSt Just Mining District A1 Wheal Edward copyright B Gamble at Cornwall Council

The St Just Mining District contains some of the most dramatically located mines and structures of any Area of the World Heritage Site.


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St Agnes Mining District

Click to see a larger version of this imageSt Agnes Mining District A7 Wheal Coates copyright B Gamble at Cornwall Council

Mining at St Agnes was focused on the coast, as at St Just, but the surrounding landscape was also changed through the establishment of mineworkers’ smallholdings – small subsistence farms - created through the improvement of heathland by lease-holding mining families. St Agnes village itself experienced expansion due to the influence of mining and the Miners’ and Mechanics’ Institute is a good example of the self-improvement initiatives for mineworkers being established at the time. 


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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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Gwennap Mining District with Devoran, Perran and Kennall Vale

Click to see a larger version of this imagegwennap pit

Described as the richest square mile on earth due to the incredible amount of rich copper ore which was being raised here in the early nineteenth century.


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