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Levant Mine, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. 11th (?) July, 1894

Levant Mine, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. 11th (?) July, 1894


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Filename: TRURI-2011-11-145.tiff

Size: 8662 x 6290 (54MB)

Date: 12th January 2019

Source: Royal Cornwall Museum

County: Cornwall

Location Name: 50.1521┬░ N, 5.6855┬░ W

© From the collection of the RIC

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Levant Mine, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. 11th (?) July, 1894

Group of 29 miners posed underground at the 278 fathom level. The majority of the miners are wearing felt hats, either with the brim intact or with the brim removed. while others have tallow candles affixed to their hats with lumps of clay. Six of the group are smoking pipes. One miner holds a large saw. The group shows a whole range of ages. The youngest members of the group seem to be at the front, particularly the very young looking boy standing with drills tied with rope and slung around his shoulders, standing in the second row second from the left. Note the condition of the young miners boots, third from the left front row sitting. Photographer: John Charles Burrow

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TRURI : 2011.11.145

Media ID 18316769

© From the collection of the RIC

Candles Mining Victorian Drill Felt Hats


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print from 11th July, 1894, takes us back in time to the depths of Levant Mine in St Just, Penwith, Cornwall. A group of twenty-nine miners are strikingly posed underground at the impressive 278 fathom level. The majority don felt hats, some with brims intact and others with tallow candles securely fastened using lumps of clay. It is fascinating to observe six members indulging in a momentary respite as they enjoy their pipes amidst the challenging conditions. The diversity within this group is remarkable; it showcases miners spanning various ages and experiences. Notably, the youngest faces can be found at the forefront of this snapshot. Among them stands an incredibly youthful-looking boy adorned with drills tied around his shoulders using rope – a testament to the grit and determination instilled in these individuals from an early age. As our gaze wanders through this historic scene frozen in time by photographer John Charles Burrow, we cannot help but notice one miner proudly clutching a large saw. His presence adds depth to this already intriguing composition. Moreover, attention should be drawn towards the worn-out boots adorning one young miner seated on the front row's left side - a poignant reminder of both hardship and resilience endured by those who worked tirelessly beneath our feet. This evocative image captures not only Victorian-era mining practices but also serves as a window into Cornwall's rich industrial heritage that shaped communities for generations to come.

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