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.

 

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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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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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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St Agnes Mining District

Click to see a larger version of this imageSt Agnes Mining District A7 Wheal Coates copyright B Gamble at Cornwall Council

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. 


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