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Geevor Tin Mine – Cornwall and Devon Mining

Geevor Tin Mine

Geevor is the major monument to Cornish mining in the modern era. Situated on the dramatic cliffs of the north coast, Geevor was a working mine until 1990, but there has been tin extraction on and around the site for perhaps 4,000 years. A vast range of buildings houses the original equipment, while a new state of the art museum tells the story of the mine and Cornish mining. 01736 788662

Cornwall and Devon Mining

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The landscapes of Cornwall and west Devon were radically reshaped during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by deep-lode mining for predominantly copper and tin. The mines, engine houses, foundries, new towns, smallholdings, ports, harbours, and ancillary industries so created, together reflect prolific industrial innovation which was to have a significant influence on the development of our modern industrial society.

The best surviving of these metal mining landscapes are recognised within the newly designated Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, or ‘Cornish Mining’, as inscribed by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in July 2006. This places the historic mining landscapes on a par with such international treasures as Stonehenge, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

The Cornish Mining World Heritage Site is a serial inscription comprising ten principal Areas from St Just in the far west of Cornwall to Tavistock in west Devon. Together these total 19,700 hectares making this the largest World Heritage Site in the UK.