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.

 

Tamar Valley with Tavistock

Click to see a larger version of this imageMorwellham areial view

The mines of this district worked an important group of tin and copper lodes.  


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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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Tregonning and Gwinear Mining Districts with Trewavas

Click to see a larger version of this imageTregonning and Gwinear Mining Districts with Trewavas A3 Wheal Trewavas copyright A Cocks at Conrwall Council

The Tregonning Area is thought to have been the first district to use of gunpowder for blasting in 1689. 


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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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