Levant mine and steam engine

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Levant mine and steam engine Pendeen Reviews

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Great now but a sad history Jun 05, 2006
Levant mine is owned by the National Trust, whilst the Trevithick Society has a substantial interest in the static steam engine. The mine is signed from the road to Zennor and St Ives from St Just in Penwith.

The mine only enjoyed a life of 110 years (1820 - 1930). At first miners had to climb down numerous ladders - about 1800 feet down before going well over half a mile under the sea - being paid from the time they arrived at the work face. It must have been a huge relief when a Man engine was installed in 1857.

There was a major disaster associated with the engine in 1919 (http://www.cornwallinfocus.co.uk/history/levant2.php)

Today there are tours around the surface area and the engine can be seen but the 'lift' is not in operation.
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