The scenery alone of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape UNESCO World Heritage Site is breathtaking, with its rugged hills and craggy coasts. But the widespread remains of the region’s long tin mining traditions make for something extra special.
During the Industrial Revolution, mining innovations pioneered in Cornwall spread around the World. Work in the mines in the 18th and 19th Centuries was bleak, and the effect on the countryside was often bleaker.
Mining at Wheal Coates dates back at least as far as the Middle Ages, but all the ruins visible today come from the period 1870-1914, the last time the mine was active. Today they are preserved by the National Trust.
Ironically, although the dramatic hillside ruins of the mine’s Towanroath Shaft engine house, perched high above plunging cliffs, is one of Cornwall’s most iconic images, the Wheal Coates mine itself was actually never really successful.
This post was inspired by the photo themes of Commercial or Industrial Buildings from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Hills from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack?, Transmogrify from Michelle of The Daily Post, and Jo’s Monday Walk.
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