Cornish Mines: Gwennap to the Tamar

Barry Gamble

Cornish Mines: Gwennap to the Tamar coverIn 2006, UNESCO des­ig­nated Corn­wall and West Devon Min­ing Land­scape a World Her­it­age Site. In the eight­eenth cen­tury, Corn­wall was one of the country’s prin­cipal indus­trial areas. Before the late 1870s, it pro­duced more tin than any other region in the world, and in the early nine­teenth cen­tury its out­put of cop­per was two-​​thirds of world pro­duc­tion. The remains of the mines con­trib­ute to a dis­tinct­ive cul­tural land­scape; more than 200 engine houses sur­vive – the largest con­cen­tra­tion of such monu­ments in the world. This book, and its com­pan­ion Cornish Mines: St Just to Redruth, is a guide to the best examples of the sur­viv­ing mines, with stun­ning pho­to­graphs and author­it­at­ive text.

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After a career in industry, Barry Gamble entered the spe­cial­ist field of her­it­age inter­pret­a­tion in the 1990s. He was a mem­ber of the Bid Team for the Corn­wall and West Devon Min­ing Land­scape World Her­it­age Site as prin­cipal author of the nom­in­a­tion to UNESCO’s World Her­it­age List (see Cornish Min­ing World Her­it­age). This exper­i­ence led to pro­jects in Aus­tralia, Mex­ico, South Africa, New Zea­l­and, South Amer­ica, Poland and Japan. Barry con­tin­ues to work reg­u­larly and extens­ively on a vari­ety of sub­jects across Corn­wall and the Isles of Scilly, and always has a cam­era to hand.  He is author of the forth­com­ing Cornwall’s Great Houses and Gar­dens.

Cornish Mines: Gwen­nap to the Tamar is pub­lished in our Pocket Corn­wall series.

  • Intro­duc­tion
  • About this Book
  • Gwen­nap Min­ing Dis­trict: Con­sol­id­ated Mines; Cus­vey Mine; United Mines; Poldice Mine; Hal­len­beagle Mine; Wheal Busy; Kil­li­freth Mine; Wheal Unity Wood; Carnon Stream Mine; Pen­nance Mine; Wheal Jane
  • St Agnes-​​Perranporth Min­ing Dis­trict: Wheal Kitty; West Wheal Kitty; Wheal Friendly; Pol­berro Mine; Goo­n­in­nis Mine; Blue Hills Mine; Wheal Coates; Char­lotte United Mine; Great Wheal Char­lotte; Tywarnhayle Mine; Wheal Ellen; Wheal Lush­ing­ton; Cligga Mine; Droskyn Mine; East Wheal Rose; West Chiver­ton Mine
  • St Aus­tell Min­ing Dis­trict: Fowey Con­sols; Great Pol­gooth Mine; Great Dow­gas Mine; South Pol­gooth Mine; St Aus­tell Con­sols; Vent­on­wyn Mine; Belowda Hill Mine
  • Caradon Hill Min­ing Dis­trict: South Caradon Mine; Phoenix United Mine; Marke Val­ley Mine; Wheal Jen­kin; New Phoenix Mine; South Phoenix Mine
  • Tamar Val­ley Min­ing Dis­trict: Drake­walls Mine; Holmbush Mine; Gun­nislake Clit­ters Mine; Hing­ston Down Mine; Wheal Broth­ers; Okel Tor Mine; Kit Hill Mine; Wheal Lang­ford & East Corn­wall Sil­ver Mine; New Con­sols Mine; Prince of Wales Mine; Prin­cess of Wales Mine
  • Illus­trated Glossary

ISBN: 9780906720820
1st edi­tion
112 pages
139 col­our pho­to­graphs
150 x 153 mm

‘Gamble delves into the his­tory of min­ing, telling how Corn­wall was “in the fore­front of devel­op­ments in hard-​​rock min­ing and steam tech­no­logy and played a major role in their dif­fu­sion” and of how the metals mined in Corn­wall provided the raw mater­i­als for major indus­trial devel­op­ments in other parts of Bri­tain.
’He points out [the engine houses] rep­res­ent the largest con­cen­tra­tion of such monu­ments in the world and are among its most dis­tinct­ive indus­trial build­ings”.
’Barry Gamble dis­penses [facts] with infec­tious enthu­si­asm and stun­ning pho­to­graphs’ (West­ern Morn­ing News, 20.04.11) You can read the full review here.

‘Rich his­tory in a rich land­scape – explore the county through the pocket book series’ (Tav­is­tock Times Gaz­ette, 26.05.11)

‘lav­ishly illus­trated with top-​​notch aer­ial pho­to­graphy of the ‘setts’ – the above-​​ground extent of the mines – show­ing the crum­bling engine houses, stamps and other remains. … a fas­cin­at­ing delve into the indus­trial her­it­age of the Duchy.’ (This is Corn­wall, 02.06.11)

‘These two hand­somely illus­trated books [its com­pan­ion Cornish Mines: St Just to Redruth] … should be bought together as they are a recent record of many of the county’s best min­ing sites, pho­to­graphed in the years since the World Her­it­age Min­ing Land­scape inscrip­tion in 2006. … pack in a wealth of mater­ial and jointly cover ten dis­tricts and over 100 tin and cop­per mine sites with their engine houses and dress­ing floors. The author’s high qual­ity col­our pho­to­graphs are enhanced by sev­eral of his oblique-​​​​angled aer­ial views which give a won­der­ful new way of see­ing even the bet­ter known sites; they are dra­matic and impress­ive.’ (Indus­trial Archae­ology News, May 2011)

‘just what is needed to gain an insight into the treas­ures of Cornwall’s World Her­it­age Site, the gain­ing of which status was in no small way assisted by Barry Gamble’s input.
’…enhanced with superb col­oured pho­to­graphs, includ­ing many aer­ial views, and ample inform­a­tion about their his­tory and pro­duc­tion to encour­age fur­ther explor­a­tion.’ (Old Corn­wall, XIV, no.5, Autumn 2011) 

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