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Botallack Tin Mines

By Sezz    
Botallack Mine was created by the Industrial Revolution that shaped Cornwall.
There is evidence of tin mining in this area from the 17th Century and possibly earlier.
Botallack stands defiant above the Atlantic on Cape Cornwall, and its old workings are the most recognised symbol of Cornwall's proud mining heritage.
But this was a harsh industry which sometimes claimed lives.
Mines were small, cramped and vertical - death and injury were a fact of everyday life.
Rockfalls, accidents and explosions were not uncommon.

In 1863 the chain which pulled the mine gig suddenly broke, causing eight men and a boy to plummet their deaths down the shaft.
Many miners developed health conditions such as Bronchitis, TB and rheumatism from their time underground.
It was the high value of the tin that drove some men to take desperate risks and at Botallack they tunnelled under the ocean itself.

The tunnels which run underneath the old engine houses travel out into the Atlantic for more than a mile, forming a vast industrial complex under the waves.
Botallack continued successfully as a mine until the 1870s until closure in 1895.
Despite sporadic reopenings, Botallack finally closed in February 1914 during the mining depression and, despite efforts to investigate new workings, it never reopened.

I took this late on Friday afternoon waiting for the sunset, it never really happened but for a brief moment the light hit the rocks and I was happy Smile

Thanks as always for your time, your thoughts/comments are very welcome.

Regards - Sarah x

Tags: Cornwall Coast Tin mines National trust Botallack Kernow Landscape and travel Stjust

Voters: AlanBW, monkeygrip, LlesdnilLegin and 73 more

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AlanBW 15 20 England
3 Nov 2008 10:50AM
You caught some great light on the rocks and buildings; a fascinating narrative
monkeygrip 12 574 6 England
3 Nov 2008 10:50AM
Great background knowledge and a lovely shot. Stu
3 Nov 2008 10:53AM
Nice shot, looks like an hdr ......... good contrast

conrad 16 10.9k 116
3 Nov 2008 10:54AM
Excellent write-up, and a shot with some good light in it. Very photogenic location.
mark1309 14 13 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2008 11:00AM
Lovely landscape capture, the sun on the buildings and rocks gives a very nice light. Facinating history,
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 18 Wales
3 Nov 2008 11:16AM
Lovely clear image Sarah and a great historical record.
User_Removed 14 485 13 England
3 Nov 2008 11:18AM
what a cracking shot, really punchy with the light. Nice one Sarah

DOGSBODY 12 1.4k 30 England
3 Nov 2008 11:32AM
Very good landscape and a very interesting story. Andy
Wooly 15 112 4 England
3 Nov 2008 12:03PM
Excellent shot Sarah.

User_Removed 13 172 1 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2008 12:48PM
Stunning shot Sarah, great comp and i love the light hitting the rocks

photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
3 Nov 2008 1:15PM
Excellent shot
hellsbells8868 13 151 2 Wales
3 Nov 2008 1:17PM
Fabulous light, a beautifulsky..Gorgeous image.
Sue_R 15 11 6 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2008 2:48PM
Lovely light. We could do with some like that up here. Seems to have been grey for as long as I can remember :-(

Stace Plus
13 2 2 England
3 Nov 2008 2:58PM
Great capture

Sezz 16 619 15 England
3 Nov 2008 3:47PM
Thanks everyone for your time and comments - appreciated Smile

Sarah x
Ray42 13 3 England
3 Nov 2008 5:08PM
Great shot - like it a lot - Contrasts with Dave87's shot of it' Nice narrative history of the place too
pmorgan 14 217 13 England
3 Nov 2008 5:15PM
You can smell that sea air Sarah!!!!!

Bodiewil 13 46 Wales
3 Nov 2008 5:29PM
Wonderful work Sarah
casson 15 3 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2008 7:58PM
Nice light and a great shot
Dave87 14 42 5 England
3 Nov 2008 8:14PM
Love it. Those who have visited Cornwall and missed this place have never lived!! Really great to see you stopped off here on your recent holiday to Cornwall Sarah, those who dare walk down those rocky paths win - and very much so in this case.


3 Nov 2008 8:36PM
thanks for bringing this picture to life with your wonderful history package Sezz. You certainly caught the light as the light caught the subject matter, making it a real pleasure to view.

John Smile
Sezz 16 619 15 England
3 Nov 2008 9:58PM
Thank you all for stopping by, really appreciated Smile
Dave, you are so right about the rocky paths, took a bit of manouvering with camera and tripod for sure, worth it though such spectacular views from here!

Sarah x
4 Nov 2008 12:33AM
Great light love the colours and sky great detail

SKavanagh 13 312 5 England
4 Nov 2008 6:43AM
Excellent shot and great info
4 Nov 2008 10:27AM
Great shot lovely colour and sky. Will
phil99 14 45 6 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2008 12:25PM
Lovely capture and processing.....Phil
Sezz 16 619 15 England
4 Nov 2008 12:28PM
Thank you Paul, Steve, Will, Phil and to those who voted also - appreciated Smile

Sarah x
dathersmith 14 565 12 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2008 8:39PM
I saw a couple of shots of this scene in a magazine lately where they were demonstrating the benefits of waiting for the right light. You've done a fine job of it here Sarah.

Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2008 9:29PM
I saw the same article as Darren Sarah. Great light, shadows and sky.

Sezz 16 619 15 England
5 Nov 2008 10:51AM
Thank you Darren and Nigel Smile

Sarah x
KevSB 17 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 12:21PM
Soon as you see this picture you know only one place in the world this could be, well taken
Neil_Higgins 14 35 3 England
7 Nov 2008 11:12AM
Would you like an Award?

Well done Smile
Sezz 16 619 15 England
7 Nov 2008 11:27AM
Thank you Kevin and Neil and to those who voted also - appreciated!

Neil thank you so much for your award, that really means a lot to me Smile

Sarah x
21 Nov 2008 6:06PM
What a fantastic selection of work, the scenes, lighting,and really great use of that Sigma(wish id kept mine now) very good HDR to top it off.
Regards Lance.
Sezz 16 619 15 England
22 Dec 2008 6:32PM
Thank you very much Lance!

Sarah x

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