Levant mine and steam engine Pendeen Reviews
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.
Part of the Cornwall 2006 travel blog
Part of the list Land of my Birth - Devon and Cornwall
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