Levant Tin and Copper MinePendeen, Penzance, Cornwall TR19, UK
Levant Tin and Copper Mine has the world’s only Cornish beam engine still operated by steam on its original site!
Levant Tin and Copper Mine and Beam Engine is located within the St. Just Mining District – one of the most ancient hard-rock tin and copper mining areas in Cornwall.
The history here at Levant Tin and Copper Mine is palpable and the views are stunning.
Unperturbed by the raging sea, the miners perched their equipment on the edge, scrambled down the cliff and mined extensively under the sea to win the valuable copper and tin. The mine operated between 1820 and closed in 1930. The remains at Levant are truly excellent and a testament to the conservationists working to preserve and restore.
The Levant Headland is littered with industrial remains!
The buildings include the boiler house, which still has a Cornish boiler in residence, the whim engine house (with original 1840 beam engine, in working order in situ) and the remains of the pumping engine house. But more than this there are dressing floors, inclined planes, mine openings, chimney stacks, the infamous man-engine shaft and explosives store and much more.
Find out about the awful tragedy in 1919, when the man engine gave way. Charlie Wingfield gives a moving tribute to them HERE!
On a good day, the cliff-top walks around the industrial remains are an utter delight.
The restoration of the beam engine is all thanks to the Greasy Gang! The Cornish Engines Preservation Committee was founded in 1935 with the original, specific objective to acquire the Levant Whim, which was in danger of being scrapped (as had almost all else at Levant). They succeeded thankfully! In 1969 the Cornish Engines Preservation Society merged with the Cornish Waterwheel Preservation Society and assumed its current identity – the much loved and respected Trevithick Society 😀
It’s a a good central point to walk via the coastal path over the industrial landscape to Geevor Tin Mine, or to walk in the other direction towards the famous Botallack Crown Mines. Either way – you cannot lose!
Sturdy boots, flask, camera at the ready and dogs on leads!