Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Our Cornish Heritage
This building is on an old tin mine, on the edge of our village. The whole area is riddled with old tin and copper mines and they mostly closed forever in the early 20th century. Only one still survives, soon to be re-opened; South Crofty, in Camborne, just down the hill. This is Marshall's shaft Pumping Engine house once used for pumping water out of the South Condurrow tin mine workings. Another set of mine ruins not far away (still in the village environs) on the fabulously-named 'Great Flat Lode' are softened by moss and mounds and constitute part of the best network of traffic-free bridleways in Cornwall. We went walking there for the first time a couple of weeks ago, without the camera, unfortunately, but I shall take it next time as it's a wonderful walk.
Another illustration job is due in the next few days, so I'm making the most of this free time. Hopefully I shall be able to finish this block soon and get a proof run off.