The pages under this heading of Cornish Mining contain a summary of the Main Mining areas of Cornwall. Some of the Mines are listed in alphabetical order, on other pages I have followed a walk covering the sites on the way. I apologise now if I have entered a mine into the wrong page, this is a confusing job as some sites almost next door to each other, appear to be classed in different areas.
The details on the pages will be a brief note giving years of operation and metals produced, in many cases mines shut and re-opened during the years quoted. Where possible I will include other observations and details. I have tried to show at least two images of each site, some will be only one, on larger mines with significant remains there will be one or two images followed by a link to a dedicated linked page.
All these pages in 2017 are getting a make over, my printing in the darkroom has reached a point where I am unhappy with many of the images and I am reprinting them all.
Follow the drop down menu above to get to the page you want, or alternatively just click on the images below.
The grim reality of Cornish Mining, with the dangers underground deaths were not uncommon, the miners did not usually live to enjoy their old age.
These were simple hard working men who forged an industry the likes of which this country, will never see again.
An amazing part of the Cornish Mining area, with high imposing cliffs and many mining remains. This is an image of Wheal Edward Stamps engine house.
The Camborne Mining District, this area contained South Crofty Mine,the last working mine in Cornwall which closed in 1998.
Wheal Basset Stamps within the Redruth Mining District. In this area are some of the greatest remains of the Cornish Mining Industry.
Once described as the richest square mile in the world, this area is full of amazing relics of Cornish Mining, these are the remains of Great Wheal Busy.
My personal favorite, I love walking the cliffs for Porthtowan to Perranporth, it always takes my breathe away. This is Gooninnis Mine which overlooks the village of St Agnes.
The Wendron Mining District has it all: mining remains, fantastic coastlines unspoilt countryside. Also the Poldark Mining Museum which is well worth a visit. This is an amazing site to see; Wheal Trewavas.
An area full of natural beauty and many remains of Cornish Mining, this is the pumping engine house of Giew Mine.
The Caradon Mining District, one of the great “Boom and Bust” stories of Cornish Mining, this is South Caradon Mine.
The Mines and China Clay pits of St Austell, 2016 was a great year for exploring the Clay Area. There are many mining remains and I am currently trying to visit as many as possible. This is Melbur China Clay pit.
As I have said hopefully by the end of 2017 all these pages will have been replaced and upgraded.
The St Just Mining District