Thursday Special: Carn Galver Mine

Carn Galver Mine lies alongside the B3306 coast road in north Penwith, situated roughly midway between Zennor and St. Just. The pair of engine houses mark the start of arguably the most concentrated area of mines in the county.

The westernmost engine house retains its chimney and used to house a 40-inch pumping engine and seems oddly juxtaposed among the natural surroundings.

The Western Penwith region is much less changed by modern housing developments and infrastructure than the Redruth and Camborne area of the Great Flat Lode mines. 


  1. Sue says:

    Oooh, fantastic! I’m coming to Cornwall, Jude, before all these old relics disappear for good…..

    1. Heyjude says:

      They’ve been standing for hundreds of years Sue, I don’t think they will disappear any time soon 😉

      1. Sue says:

        But what about the modern hosing developments spooling the ambience, which is what I think yo are alluding to in Redruth and Camborne….demolishment of engine houses or not….

        1. Heyjude says:

          I still need to return there, but from what I saw the housing is quite sparse. There are some buildings near the A30 which I haven’t figured out how to approach. Once I have the house and garden sorted I shall make more effort to explore the surrounding area.

        2. Sue says:

          OK….South Wheal Frances certainly looks worth a visit, methinks!

    2. restlessjo says:

      I thought you were talking about you and Jude, Sue. Tee Hee 🙂 🙂 Such a rude visitor! Have a great weekend, ladies! I’m off to Harrogate Flower Show today.

      1. Sue says:

        You cheeky old thing!! Have fun at then flower show, Jo…. Harrogate? Posh, and home, I think, of Harlow Carr garden

      2. Heyjude says:

        I hope you don’t suffer from hay fever….

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I have started following you since I recently learned I had ancestors from Cornwall and want to learn more about it.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s a beautiful county so I hope you enjoy my posts about it.

  3. I love the colours in this photo, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was a lovely Cornish day – actually has been all month really. Still a chilly wind, but lots of sunshine!

      1. Sunshine is perfect.

  4. beetleypete says:

    Nice one for the ‘juxtaposition’ theme, Jude.
    I can almost see Ross Poldark riding his horse up to that mine!
    Best wishes, Pete. x
    (Chilly winds here too. Getting colder as the month goes on. Heating on tonight…)

    1. Heyjude says:

      I haven’t switched the heating off yet! The cool winds add a certain chill unless you are directly in the sun. The conservatory is getting pretty warm!

  5. I love the header – and the juxtapose too.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I may [said with some trepidation] attempt to get closer to the headland in that top picture. There must be some great views from there.

  6. Paula says:

    Full of charm 🙂 I love the photo, Jude and the header too of course.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, yes the header. Gorgeous headland and I believe steep cliffs that are used for mountaineering. Opposite is a tor with Neolithic remains so it is quite an interesting spot.

  7. Sue Slaght says:

    Jude what glorious yellow blooms in the foreground. Such a gorgeous setting. I have serious bloom envy at the moment as not a bud to be sen in Calgary.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The spring gorse is in full flower now and so cheery lining the hedgerows and the moors. Hard to imagine that you are still without a bloom… 😦

  8. Lucid Gypsy says:

    A handsome one, I hope they don’t ever take them down.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I suppose some fall down, but I think they are protected now so maybe repairs are done on them.

  9. Joanne Sisco says:

    I’m sure that when the mines were operating, the countryside didn’t look quite as pretty as it does now.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It must have been so hard for the workers, grafting underground for many hours and then having to walk home over the bleak and barren moorland. The noise of the engines, the smoke, the clanging of the stamps – no it would not have been anywhere nearly as pretty.

      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        I like this version so much better 🙂

  10. Dina says:

    Beautiful captures, Jude❣️ I hope they people in charge don’t allow too many wind turbines in your wonderful landscape. Do you have many offshore – almost onshore wind parks on your coast like we have on the east coast?

    1. Heyjude says:

      I haven’t seen any offshore – though there is a wave turbine off the coast near here, but there are an awful lot of wind turbines. Mostly single ones on farms, but some clusters. I hadn’t realised how many until I looked at a map showing them, and then on the drive to Devon last week I noticed a lot more than I have done before. It is a windy place though so to be expected. I wonder if I can get one to power my home?

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