Wheal Prosper Mine


It occurred to me that many people reading this blog may not know a lot about these iconic buildings dotted around the Cornish landscape and particularly along the coast. The story of the miners of Cornwall can be found on my original Travel Words blog where there are also several other Cornish posts. Today I will simply explain the meaning of the word ‘Wheal‘.

Originally a Cornish term for a place of work it later became ‘mine’ or ‘shaft’.

Wheal Prosper, built in 1860 lies at Rinsey Head, between Penzance and Helston on the southern coast of West Cornwall. The land you can see in the background is the Lizard. England’s southernmost point.

Easy to access from a small National Trust car park, this engine house is on the coastal path from Praa Sands to the west and Porthleven to the east. There is a small sandy beach below accessed down a rather steep track which I may take you to at some time.



  1. pommepal says:

    What interesting photos the wheals make. Can you see inside them through the windows? Or are they all sealed off?

    1. Heyjude says:

      You can see inside and even walk inside some of them – there is usually a railing to stop you falling and the shaft itself is sealed.Nothing interesting inside except sometimes catching the light and shadow.

      1. pommepal says:

        Another photo op in the making!!!

  2. Wheals do make interesting photos for sure. Your last pic could easily be a frame from an episode of Game of Thrones Jude 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well I know nothing about Game of Thrones except it always seems to be the answer in any quiz question 😉

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