A World Heritage Site
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.
St Agnes Mining District
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.