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.

 

Luxulyan Valley with Charlestown

Click to see a larger version of this imageluxulyan valley view across treffry viaduct

The steep-sided Luxulyan Valley on the south Cornish coast became an important transport corridor in the nineteenth century


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St Just Mining District

Click to see a larger version of this imageSt Just Mining District A1 Wheal Edward copyright B Gamble at Cornwall Council

The St Just Mining District contains some of the most dramatically located mines and structures of any Area of the World Heritage Site.


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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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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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