|UNESCO #1215 - Mine Shaft, Cornwall - UK|
Monday, October 07, 2013
Tin Mine Shaft, Cornwall - ENGLAND - UNESCO #1215
Cornwall is a wonderful place! Along with some of the most beautiful British natural landscapes, I was amased when I discover the importance of the mining industry in that region, back in the old days... I've visited several sites when I went there (and tasted the awesome Cornish Pastries, the miners meal) including the Gregor Tin Mine in Pendeen that Lucy visited last week and from where she sent this nice postcard showing the Victory Shaft. Thank you very much Lucy, hope you had lots of fun in your holiday trip in Cornwall (and lots of pastries as well). Ok, this is my 173th UNESCO card, 808 more and I'm done! This postcard took 3 days to arrive!
Much of the landscape of Cornwall and West Devon was transformed in the 18th and early 19th centuries as a result of the rapid growth of pioneering copper and tin mining. Its deep underground mines, engine houses, foundries, new towns, smallholdings, ports and harbours, and their ancillary industries together reflect prolific innovation which, in the early 19th century, enabled the region to produce two-thirds of the world’s supply of copper. The substantial remains are a testimony to the contribution Cornwall and West Devon made to the Industrial Revolution in the rest of Britain and to the fundamental influence the area had on the mining world at large.