Cornish favourites: Engine Houses

Something you cannot fail to see if you come to Cornwall are the many disused engine houses dotting the landscape. They are not unique to Cornwall as Devon also used to have them, but there are fewer surviving engine houses in Devon.

If you have ever visited Cornwall, or if you have watched Poldark, then you will be aware that the county is littered with the remains of abandoned engine houses and chimney stacks. It would be remiss of me not to show some of these, though I didnโ€™t venture down the one open to the public (Geevor Mine above) as I suffer from mild claustrophobia and canโ€™t stand being in the dark.

View original post: June 2015 to find out more about these iconic Cornish buildings


  1. restlessjo says:

    Ooh, I couldn’t go inside! Heights, yes, depths, no ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. beetleypete says:

    I remember the original, but this got me thinking. I would go down inside, just to see what it was like. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  3. Sue says:

    Oh, marvellous! I have been down inside mines, but not a Cornish one, though I would have loved to…alas no longer possible with my balance!

  4. I kept hoping Ross might appear around the corner of one of these buildings!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Alas, I have still to run into him myself!

  5. Burra in SA attracted a lot of Cornish miners, and such edifices, if my memory serves me.

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Imagine when there was 3000, they’d be everywhere you turned.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Plus all the noise and the smoke – Cornwall would be a very different place.

  7. Tina Schell says:

    Iโ€™m also very claustrophobic Jude so I agree completely! Love the open to the elements ruins

    1. Heyjude says:

      I agree, beautiful to photograph from outside ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Interesting! I haven’t been to this part of your country and I must. I must. But I have claustrophobia also, and I would not venture down either. Your blog is beautiful.

  9. Gosh those are fascinating! A photographer’s delight ๐Ÿ™‚

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