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Cornish Mining

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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Caradon Mining District

Click to see a larger version of this imageCaradon Mining district Holmans and rules shafts

The Caradon Mining District is loacted in the south-eastern corner of Bodmin Moor.


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Gwennap Mining District with Devoran, Perran and Kennall Vale

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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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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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