Giew Mine

Giew Mine lies alongside the B3311 minor road linking Penzance and St. Ives. The surviving engine house stands over the 225m deep Frank’s shaft on the western flank of Trink Hill in Towednack Parish. The engine house dates from 1874.
Giew Engine House
This mine is just over the Trink Hill that you can see behind Wheal Alice. It’s also close to our new local ‘The Engine Inn” which is in Cripplesease.


And spying these strange holes in the side of the engine house I was surprised to see what was living in them. I hope they like their homes better than my garden.

I was also surprised to be able to see Mount’s Bay from here. It must have been a very clear day.

And in the other direction is the Celtic Sea.


  1. What a beautiful part of the world, and a lovely study of the engine house. I too hope the snails stay there!

    (I’ve looked at all your posts, but decided not to comment on ones I missed when I was away. 52 looked too daunting!)

    1. Heyjude says:

      52? Surely not. You have not been away that long! Found several snails lurking in MY garden today. Chucked them over the wall. I hate killing snails.

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I haven’t heard it called the Celtic Sea for years.
    Those engine houses are so evocative, and the moss and lichen add interest. The place names in your first two sentences are great aren’t they? Like some kind of fairy tale 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I didn’t even know there was a Celtic Sea! And don’t ask me how to pronounce Giew! Beautiful day today, but I spent most of it in the garden and know I am going to ache tomorrow!

      1. Lucid Gypsy says:

        It will be worth the pain when you’re sitting in the sun in a couple of months!

        1. Heyjude says:

          It was blooming warm today!

      2. restlessjo says:

        I think they must be foreigners down there cos that’s a strange lingo. Take it from one who knows xx

  3. Anabel Marsh says:

    I think the engine houses are like castles or cathedrals. I love visiting them whe we were in Cornwall. I hadn’t expected so much to remain.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, not many castles or cathedrals this way. I guess they are my substitute for a castle.

  4. Love seeing these engine houses, Jude. I bet you can’t get enough of them. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      There are a lot I haven’t photographed yet, some more difficult to get to. But if I spot one I’ll give it my best 🙂

  5. Sue says:

    I’ve sai d it before, and I’ll say it again – must get back down to Cornwall…..the engine houses are calling……

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well if you leave it until next year we might have room for you!

      1. Sue says:

        Oh, it won’t be this year, too much happening!

  6. restlessjo says:

    Fabulously clear day Jude. The chimneys look great with that backdrop xx

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was a beautifully clear day, cold wind, but otherwise perfect.

  7. Perhaps I need to build an abandoned engine house in my garden for the snails to live in – that might keep them off my plants! Oh, no, the flaw in that plan is that they would still need to eat…

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, I am finding a lot of snails in my garden – little ones, but I am sure they will grow bigger. I have asked them to move to the engine house.

  8. I didn’t know there was a Celtic Sea. I must look it up. Another lovely day for you on this outing, Jude – the weather looks divine.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I didn’t know either! It stretches from west Brittany, around north Cornwall and up the Bristol Channel to north Devon, around the south of Ireland and south-west Wales.

  9. pommepal says:

    So much history in your area Jude I don’t think you are going to run out of subjects to photograph and post about for quite a while. How does the garden grow???

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have spent the last couple of days in the garden PP. All my pot plants need repotting as I haven’t done anything to them for years! I’m trying to get some in the garden, but that’s a bit more of a challenge as the borders are basically Cornish stone, so more like a rockery. And full of wild flowers! I have thousands of forget-me-nots! Some clematis and a honeysuckle. And lots of things I don’t recognise!
      The best thing is to plan for next year 🙂

      1. pommepal says:

        That sounds like a BIG project Jude. May need to use the pickaxe and lots and lots of compost… The wild flowers will be handy for your theme this month!!!

    2. Heyjude says:

      I think I might get a gardener in to do the rear where there are a couple of raised beds that need repairing. Would be worth having the whole section re-done, new beds and paving. As for the walls, I shall do them slowly, by clearing the weeds / wild flowers that I don’t want to keep and planting rockery type plants such as thrift, daisies, stonecrop/sedums and erigeron. It is very windy up here so I also need to look at plants that can cope with that. Fun researching!

      1. pommepal says:

        You are going to have a great time. I remember back to 1998 when we moved in here. I should scan some of those early photos.

        1. Heyjude says:

          I need to sort the house out first but I can’t resist fiddling in the garden. Still haven’t bought any plants though 😉

        2. pommepal says:

          You are being very strong not buying plants, but it is a good idea to wait till the ground is ready.

  10. beetleypete says:

    Loved these clear shots against the vivid blue sky, Jude. Cornwall is shaping up very well indeed.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not much of a blue sky today or yesterday, we seem to be in the clouds! But warm.

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