Houseman’s Engine House

Just north of the village of Minions stands Houseman’s Engine House, which houses a permanent exhibition on the history and nature of the surrounding area. Many miners left this area to find a better life in colonies around the world so it is a popular place to visit by their descendants. Thursday Special | crumbling

St Agnes: West Kitty Mine

Just behind the Pottery on Vicarage Road stands a roofless engine house (the only one of West Kitty’s three engine houses still standing) built in 1892 to house a 40″ (cylinder diameter) beam engine used to pump water out of the southern end of West Kitty Mine at Thomas’ Shaft Why the different building materials?…

Alice in a heatwave

Cerulean skies, Cornish palm in flower, sleepy sheep and Alice surrounded by the dairy herd. The view from our house in the country just gets better.

Black and White Sunday: Through

An easy option. The view through my garden fence. And if you would like to see other interpretations then please visit Paula.

South Wheal Frances

South Wheal Frances was part of the Bassett Mines which worked the Great Flat Lode. There are still some impressive buildings on the site.

Wheal Coates

Just to show that the Cornish world wasn’t really grey on Boxing Day, but lovely and sunny and away from the cliff edge, reasonably warm too!

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. This mine is just over the Trink Hill that you can see behind Wheal Alice. It’s…

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…