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Shelter for tin miners

Shelter for tin miners
Above Tubby's Head (St Agnes Head in the distance). The tin mines were some way away from the nearest villages and towns. As well as having to descend and ascend many 100s of feet and also walk a long way out under the sea bed, the miners had to get home as well - sometimes another couple of hours walk! After dark this wasn't always possible and a few shelters were constructed to allow the miners some respite from adverse weather conditions overnight. Countless fierce storms have reduced them to mere shells but they wouldn't have been luxurious to start with!
It's true they didn't work 24 hour shifts even if day and night meant nothing down below but they did work long stints and at full production, the mines did produce tin round the clock!
And we think we live in hard times!

Henk Bouwers, Gudrun, cammino, Rosalyn Hilborne and 10 other people have particularly liked this photo


15 comments - The latest ones
 Isisbridge
Isisbridge club
With their lives being so hard, I wonder if they had time to appreciate the beauty of their surroundings?
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Isisbridge club
I'm sure some would but probably many wouldn't.
3 years ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A hard life and a very dangerous one
3 years ago.
 Cheryl Kelly (cher12861 on flickr)
Cheryl Kelly (cher12… club
Beautiful! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Andy!!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Ron,
Sami,
Nouchet,
Isisbridge,
Peter,
Cheryl,
Many thanks and Merry Christmas to you all!
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you Ulrich!
3 years ago.
 Pat29
Pat29
Wonderful .hope to go sometime in January,
3 years ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Pat29
Hope you do. What a good result that would be!
3 years ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
nice shot
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Nora,
micritter,
Pat,
Fred,
Very many thanks!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you, Rosa!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Many thanks once again, cammino!
3 years ago.
 Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
Very well captured, nice heather colour!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Gudrun,
Dave,
Many thanks to you both!
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you, Henk!
3 years ago.

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