Community Spirit

geevor gala poster - hand drilling and wagon filling competition (handsome cash prizes)

Geevor has always had close links to the nearby villages.

Most of the miners lived in Pendeen, Trewellard or St. Just and the shops and businesses relied on the income from the workers and the mine. There was a strong community spirit in the 19th and 20th Centuries, centred around entertainments, fayres, and sports such as hurling, wrestling and cock fighting. Methodism was growing in popularity leading to improvements in education, with the associated Sunday School Anniversaries and Tea Treats.

 

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Geevor Archive

 

The Knockers

Click to see a larger version of this imageknocker shape in the rock underground

Hammer and Crack! Hammer and Crack!


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Tea Treats

Click to see a larger version of this imageChildren enjoying tea treats

Tea Treat was once a very special occasion when families and friends got together and laid on a special tea.


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The Mine Club

Click to see a larger version of this imagetug of war team

The Social Club was the social centre of the mine where miners could retreat for a pint after their shift.


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Folk Lore, Myths and Legends

Click to see a larger version of this imagelands end cliff face with a dark grey sky

Local myths and legends were amplified by romantics of the past.


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Comment left by Nigel on 2010-01-18 18:44:31

"Pixies, the farmers called them." No they did not, to Cornish people (like me) they are piskies.

Comment left by kirsten on 2010-01-20 11:12:31

hi guys

 

Comment left by john.woodcraft on 2010-03-29 18:06:59

Still a place of magic to me and great beauty,lost the mermaid,but have some beautiful memories,water still freezing cold,i bet.

 

Comment left by nice on 2010-04-15 20:11:55

nice

 

Comment left by John Watkins on 2010-06-03 14:49:37

I have carried ST Piran's flag with me everywhere on my travels around the world whilst serving in the Army. Being from Penzance I have always held the county close to my heart. One sight of the flag of St Piran and it brings out the cornishmen and women no matter where in the world you are. I'm proud to say I'm Cornish and I'm proud to fly St Pirans flag. "one and all"

 

Comment left by James Pendragon on 2013-04-12 15:18:25

I come from an old Cornish family, and I remember my dad telling me about Knockers. Naturally i asked him who or what they were. He said "Well, believe it or not, any hard rock miner will tell you the same thing. You start chopping at the seam and the seam knocks back. The miners believe them to be spirits that inhabit the rock as if the rock itself has a conciousness. Make of that what you will!I know it sounds crazy, but there you are!

 

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