Gwennap Pit & Consols

With the weather being the best its been so far this year the wife, baby bump and I headed out to get some more shots for my on-going mining heritage project.

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Gwennap Pit

First stop was Gwennap pit near Redruth. I had no idea what it was, just that it was related to the mining era in some way. What is Gwennap pit I hear you ask? Well in simple terms its a pit near Gwennap. Made famous by use as a methodist preaching site by John Wesley it is said to be a hollow linked to mining use that was a natural amphitheatre. It was terraced in 1806 by a local mine engineer as a memorial to Wesley and is still used for open air sermons to this day.

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Gwennap Consols #2

Next stop was just down the road near St.Day and was the site of  Gwennap Consols mining area. This is a really pock marked mining landscape featuring several stacks and engine houses (in various states of repair) and a tailings damn. It was good to see some have been preserved for future generations as several of the structures have scaffolding on them and show signs of recent repair. As with all my visits I usually tick a few off my list, then find as many agian to go on the list for my next time. It seems as if this project will be ongoing for quite some time!

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Consols tailings damn

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Gwennap Consols close-up

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