Carpalla Engine House is located near the village of Foxhole in the China Clay District of St Austell.
The Engine House stands next to the flooded Carpalla China Clay pit which now serves as a Mica Dam. Mining of China Clay was suspended in 2008 in this area.
I visited the site twice in 2017, I hope to get back again soon. These are the photographs from those visits.
The still roofed house here contained a 40″ Pumping Engine built by Harvey and Co in 1863. It was moved here from Thomas’s Shaft of West Kitty Mine in St Agnes during 1913.
This engine worked until 1944, during 1950’s it was purchased by the Science Museum and put into storage where it remains to the present day.
There are so few roofed Engine House left, restoration and protection here is desperately needed because the weather is taking its toll.
It was possible to enter the building, it felt suprisingly small in there. It was so difficult to imagine it once housed a beam engine.
The rest of the images are taken around the woods that surround the site.
China Clay Winder