Carn Galver Mine

The mine at Carn Galver operated on and off from the 1830s to 1878, transforming this quiet coastal moor into a bustling industrial zone. Visitors in the 1870s would have seen smoke billowing from the stack of the steam pumping house (the taller ruined building) which drained water from the mines’s deepest shafts, whilst the clanking winch of the adjacent engine house raised ore to the surface in huge buckets. Carts would then haul off the ore to the nearby Bosigran Stamps (which replaced the early 19th century stamps at Porthmoina Cove) for crushing, separating and roasting. The Count House where the mine manager lived, kept the accounts and entertained shareholders to lavish dinners, is now the Climbers Club.
source: NT information plaque

These buildings are nothing but ruins now and I am amazed that anything is still standing at all after all this time given their location right on the edge of the Celtic Sea (Atlantic) with nothing between them and the weather which blows in from the west.

One day I shall attempt to walk down to the Porthmoina Stamps and the Bosigran Castle which is out on the headland and still has remains of ramparts.

Or climb up to Carn Galver opposite which may once have been a fortified refuge in Neolithic times to get a good view of this prehistoric landscape.

Today though it was too late for exploring as the sun was already setting and it was time to head home.


  1. restlessjo says:

    What a lovely sequence of images, Jude! Haunting beauty, though I wouldn’t have wanted to be around ‘back in the day’. Love that last, striding down the moors, one too šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

  2. beetleypete says:

    They built those mine buildings to last, obviously.I love how the bleakness of those spots is softened by the sight of the blue sea beyond. šŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    I love the late day light you captured on the brick. It adds to the moodiness of the site. These old skeletons that are still standing are beautiful – which, when you think about it, is rather ironic considering an active mining site would never be considered ‘beautiful’.

  4. We have to make a trip there. These photos are beautiful but you and Joanne are right, the site would not have been beautiful in the day but full of noise and smoke. I love all the old buildings related to the tin history of Cornwall. Have you read the children’s book, ‘The Fate of Jeremy Visick’? by my Dad, David Wiseman? It really brings the old scenes to life. šŸ™‚

  5. pommepal says:

    What an exciting place to explore and great for photography

  6. The late afternoon light was perfect for photographing these old structures, Jude. They are glowing. Either of those walks would be quite beautiful too.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I must get back to do the walks.

  7. Su Leslie says:

    Iā€™m loving the afternoon light here too. Strange how abandoned buildings always seem much more beautiful than functioning ones.

  8. Sue says:

    Great light , and I’m wondering if I ever saw this one, forty years ago…….

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    A beautiful spot, especially with the gorse blooming.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The gorse is always blooming, just different types at different times šŸ˜€

      1. Lucid Gypsy says:

        I know and the scent is lovely šŸ˜Š

  10. The photos of the buildings look wonderfully atmospheric and dramatic!

    1. Heyjude says:

      The late afternoon light really makes them light up.

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