This is a hilltop area in Cornwall called Carn Brea, not far from St. Ives. The remains of some of the County’s tin and copper mines have survived as heritage attractions and are fascinating to visit. The lives of the miners are well documented and the chimneys and winding houses scattered across the countryside help us to imagine the hardships they suffered to bring the ore to the surface. This Victorian photograph is particularly interesting, as it shows a sea of mine chimneys and, in one image, shows the size of the industry that is otherwise difficult to grasp.
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