Cornish Mining

old photo showing cornish mining in production with smoking chimney

The landscape and identity of Cornwall as we know it today have been shaped by centuries of mining.

As far back as the Bronze Age, around 4000 years ago, people began to work the land in search of tin, copper and other metals.

The greatest era of mining in Cornwall was the early 19th century, when Cornwall became the world’s leading supplier of copper. By around 1860 overseas suppliers had taken over, and tin became Cornwall’s most important metal export. Over the years, the ever-changing fortunes of the mining industry brought great prosperity for some, but great poverty for many others.

 

 

Underground Exploration: Hard Rock

Click to see a larger version of this imageearly miner in underground level

By the mid-15th century, as alluvial works were running out, the value of tin was increasing and technology was improving, so miners started to follow the tin lodes underground.


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Gunpowder

Click to see a larger version of this imageearly miners lighting a fuse with candles

From the late 17th century gunpowder came into use in Cornish mines.


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The Wendron Mining District

Click to see a larger version of this imageThe Wendron Mining District A4 Medlyn copyright B Gamble at Cornwall Council

The Wendron Area has a history of tin production stretching back into antiquity. 


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Copper

Click to see a larger version of this imageold photo showing cornish mining

Copper ores had been known in Cornwall from an early date.


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Comment left by ruby on 2010-01-14 14:54:49

I visited in 2008 and I thought it was very good!! I liked the tour of the mine espesaly!But I think that thete should have been more interactiv things in the museum!

Comment left by ruby on 2010-01-14 14:57:33

i visited in 2008 with my family .We all thought that the tour round the mine was the best part .but there should have been more interactiv stuff for kids!!!!

 

Comment left by Bethan Jones on 2012-02-22 21:02:32

I visted a few years ago and it was great the tour was amazing and i love the mine and i cant wait to go again!!!

 

Comment left by Mary Ann on 2012-09-28 16:02:24

Toured the Geevor Mine and Museum in September 2012 and found it fascinating. Some Cornish miners settled in my county in Maryland in the 1850s to work in the copper mines.

 

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