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Levant mine, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. 1890s

Levant mine, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. 1890s


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Filename: TRURI-1954-30-4.tiff

Size: 7800 x 5576 (12.0MB)

Date: 12th January 2019

Source: Royal Cornwall Museum

County: Cornwall

Location Name: SW 368346

© From the collection of the RIC

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Levant mine, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. 1890s

A group of boys in front of a of set of 32 visible Cornish stamps heads which are being driven by a rotative beam engine. There would have probably been 64 heads in complete set. Photographer: Possibly John Charles Burrow or Herbert Hughes

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TRURI : 1954.30.4

Media ID 18316631

© From the collection of the RIC

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This print from the 1890s showcases the historic Levant mine, nestled in the picturesque St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. The focal point of this intriguing image is a group of boys standing proudly in front of an impressive set of 32 visible Cornish stamps heads. These powerful stamping machines were driven by a remarkable rotative beam engine, which can be seen towering behind them. The scene hints at the sheer scale and ingenuity that characterized mining operations during this era. It is worth noting that a complete set would have likely consisted of 64 heads, emphasizing the magnitude of this industrial endeavor. While it remains uncertain whether John Charles Burrow or Herbert Hughes captured this photograph, their talent for capturing such moments is evident. Their lens immortalizes not only the machinery but also offers us a glimpse into the lives and roles played by these young boys within Cornwall's mining community. This evocative image serves as a reminder of Cornwall's rich mining heritage and its impact on local communities. It invites us to reflect upon the dedication and hard work required to extract precious minerals from deep within Earth's crust. Displayed at Royal Cornwall Museum, this print transports viewers back to an era when Cornish engines powered countless mines across these rugged landscapes – forever etching their mark on history.

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