In July 2006 the Cornwall and West Devon mining landscape became a World Heritage Site, placing ten
distinct areas of the South West alongside the select number that exist worldwide, including the
Pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal and the Great Barrier Reef. A small ceremony, attended by Prince
Charles, took place at Cotehele House to celebrate the achievement. This marked the official designation
and acknowledged the contribution the region made to the Industrial Revolution, both in Britain as
well as around the world. As Prince Charles said in his speech, “Cornish hard rock expertise shaped the
mining world in a dynamic way”.
This book is intended to provide an entertaining and informative guide to over 60 of the principal sites
that make up the mining region now accordedWorld Heritage status. It encourages the reader to
discover these sites for themselves, for there is much to be seen, and the spectacular countryside in which
mining activity took place itself often rewards the walk. But the book also allows exploration without the
reader moving from their armchair, describing the history of each site through modern and historic
photographs, accompanied by an historical overview. Illustrated with over 150 colour photographs, many
historic images, and containing maps to guide the visitor to each site, this book is a perfect introduction
to a fascinating part of our heritage.
Peter Hancock is a Cornishman who was brought up and went to school in St
Austell. His background is in teaching and he is also author of Cornwall AtWar (2002)
and The Book of St Austell (2005). He still lives in St Austell.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 184114 753 6, hardback, 230x214mm, 144 pages. Published August 2008.
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