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The mines of St Agnes

The mines of St Agnes
St Agnes in Cornwall is the home to many old mines and here is a small collection of their engine houses. These mined mostly copper and/or tin often from the early Bronze age up to the beginning of the 20th century when these metals either ran low or were mined much cheaper elsewhere. This is ‘Poldark’ country and it seemed on our brief visit around here that there were mines around every corner. Other minerals were also mined including gold, zinc, silver, lithium and arsenic. Cornwall’s neighbour; Devon, also has many such mines.
Top row from left is the top of Wheal Coates and one of the Polberro Mines. Bottom from left is Wheal Kitty and then Wheal Charlotte which sits just south of St Agnes Head. Only Wheal Kitty now survives of these, as a visitors centre with workshops and a café.
The PiP shows a view of the bottom engine house of Wheal Coates.

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HelenaPF, Frans Schols, Edna Edenkoben, Andrea Ertl and 15 other people have particularly liked this photo

17 comments - The latest ones
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Interestring collage and note.
Happy healthy weekend.
8 weeks ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
A great idea to put these in a together in a collage Herb, and I love the PiP! Cornwall is a surprising county. With all the pretty fishing villages and then much of the interior being quite stark, with a haunting atmosphere, I always find. Have you been to the small museum in Mevagissy? I spent ages in there. It's really interesting.

Take care and have a good weekend.
8 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Hi Rosa, yes I was not sure how to present just a small selection of the many mine photos I took here and so a collage seemed like the best idea. Yes Cornwall in particular seems a collection of characteristic coastal fishing villages along with a whole series of historic mines dotted around the whole county. To answer your question, no we never had time to go to a real mining museum in all the times we have visited the county. (I don't think the museum in Mevagissey is a mining one but more a fishing industry one!) Anyway -thanks for liking this.

Have a great weekend. Herb
8 weeks ago.
 Nick Weall
Nick Weall club
Nice little series Herb that epitomises the area well ~~~ Hanwe
8 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Nick Weall club
Glad you think so Nick. Certainly it made the trip for us.

Have a great weekend. Herb
8 weeks ago.
tiabunna club
An interesting collage, Herb, bringing back memories of our visit. We were impressed by the number of mining ruins such as these in Cornwall.
8 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to tiabunna club
Ah yes, you were there only a year or two back too. Glad this brought back memories.

Have a great weekend. Herb
8 weeks ago.
Berny club
wonderful collection of these interesting ruins!
8 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Berny club
Thanks Berny, it is quite something to see them. A bit different to your Cuban ruins.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Herb
8 weeks ago.
TOZ club
A great set Herb love the old mines great photographic subject nice job.
Best TOZ
8 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to TOZ club
Yes they make great photographs and if a bit more time and thought went into it, one could do far better than I did. Glad you liked them.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Herb
8 weeks ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A lovely collection Herb............all nicely captured and beautifully presented in this collage. My favourite would have to be Wheal Coates (and the PiP), which is exactly what I think of when anyone mentions Cornish mines!

Good to see you joining in the collage fun..!!
8 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Keith Burton club
Thanks Keith. Yes my favourite by far was Wheal Coates too. That one really conjures up the hardships involved in this job & business. The collage, well I have done or two now so even have a collage album. Take care.

Cheers, Herb
8 weeks ago.
 Stephan Fey
Stephan Fey club
Superb series, Herb! I favour the top left.
8 weeks ago.
J.Garcia club
Splendid details of this historic place!
Wonderful collage, Herb!
8 weeks ago. Edited 8 weeks ago.
 Andrea Ertl
Andrea Ertl club
Sehr schöne Collage.
8 weeks ago.
 Daniela Brocca
Daniela Brocca club
Very interesting.
8 weeks ago.

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