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King Edward Mine – Cornwall and Devon Mining

King Edward Mine from the air

King Edward Mine - King Edward, formerly the world famous Camborne School of Mines Training Mine, is the oldest complete mine site in Cornwall.

  • Visit the museum, find out how a mine works and learn about the social history
  • Take the guided tour through the tin processing plant where the machinery can be seen running
  • Browse in the shop
  • Group and school visits a speciality

Visit the Mineral Tramways exhibition. King Edward is also an ideal base from which to explore the ‘Great Flat Lode’ trail. 01209 614681

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.