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Tin and Arsenic

August 09, 2014  •  4 Comments

Apologies if this post popped into your inbox again - it's been sitting here live ever since I originally posted it last August! Wondering if it's a feed burner glitch? Don't you just love technology?! I hope it doesn't go through reposting all my other blog posts!  Lovely memories of sunny days and blue skies though especially as it's cold and rainy here in Manchester! Helen 18.5.15

Perched on the cliff top at Pendeen in in Cornwall stands old historic Levant Mine.

photo around Levant Mines Pendeen Cornwall England The dramatic  landscape is dotted with ruins and hint at the tin and copper mining industry which stretched way back over 3500 years to the Bronze Age. It's difficult to imagine that technologies developed here at this now deserted and windswept location transformed mining across the globe. 

photo around Levant Mines Pendeen Cornwall England Although industry faded away here decades ago following a tragic mining disaster,  the National Trust manages part of what remains as a heritage site and allows us a glimpse into the past. With a sheer drop on one side - and not the most secure of fences - I didn't look down as I headed over to explore!

photo around Levant Mines Pendeen Cornwall England In times gone by, tin miners dug under the sea here to extract metals from the seams which ran under the sea and close to the cornish coastline. It was dangerous work. Imagine hearing the sea and waves crashing above your head as you excavated - not knowing if the next strike of your pick axe  would be your last? 

photo around Levant Mines Pendeen Cornwall England Who doesn't  get excited by the thought of a steam engine? I don't admit to having  an in-depth knowledge of the ins and outs of steam engines but I admire the design and skills of those who built and maintained them. 

photo around Levant Mines Pendeen Cornwall England Levant is the home of the only remaining Cornish Beam Engine built in 1840 still in demonstrating order. Steam engines have been a part of this man's life since he was a young boy. He worried that  knowledge and interest is dying out over the generations and that there would be nobody interested in taking over from him when he finally hangs up his hat. 

photo around Levant Mines Pendeen Cornwall England As expected, plenty of rust and grime to be found! 

photo around Levant Mines Pendeen Cornwall England

Although I found it pleasant to briefly shelter in the cooler shade indoors...

photo around Levant Mines Pendeen Cornwall England ...the surrounding landscape was begging to be explored.

photo around Levant Mines Pendeen Cornwall England Good grief … as  I scrambled amongst the ruins I glimpsed an information sign casually mentioning that it was the site of arsenic works - a byproduct of the tin mining process! I hoped the 'Health and Safety Men in Suits" had not slacked in their duties when inspecting the grounds and declaring them safe for tourists! I noticed the rest of the family gave it a wide berth! 

photo around Levant Mines Pendeen Cornwall England I used my ultra-wide angle lens to capture the concrete remains and rusty bolts and view towards  the Compressor House - the sense of depth appeals to me.

photo around Levant Mines Pendeen Cornwall England I took in a short stretch of the coastal path.  

Blue sky and sunshine and a slight warm sea breeze.

Oh how I love such perfect days like this.

Being Still. 

photo around Levant Mines Pendeen Cornwall England

Just wish I'd brought a picnic for supper. Imagine watching the sun set here?

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my glimpse of the old Tin Mine.

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Comments

4.Kelly L McKenzie(non-registered)
Yes I'm with Sarah. It must have been magnificent standing on those cliffs. Also with you - cannot imagine what it must have been like for the chaps working below mining the seams. Yikes. So brave - I couldn't do it.
3.Sarah(non-registered)
What a glorious place. I wonder about that too, the lost of craftsmanship for things of another era. I can image standing on those cliffs, it must have been spectacular.
2.Viv(non-registered)
Love your 'trip report' and I find the ruined Wheals so evocative. A great place for grunge...
1.Diana Foster(non-registered)
Oh my, stunning. Love the purple flowers in front of something so old. Nice.
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