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TOWANROATH PUMPING ENGINE HOUSE WHEAL COATES CORNWALL

Towanroath Shaft pumping engine house is one of the most iconic disused Cornish mine buildings being precariously perched high on cliffs on the North Cornwall coast. It sits on the coastal path between St Agnes and Porthtowan near Chapel Porth, SW England, UK.

The ruins are part of the site of Wheal Coates, a long abandoned tin and copper mine which opened in 1802. A mine had existed at this site since 1692. This Victorian engine house was built in 1872 to house a 36 inch steam powered beam engine to pump water from the adjacent 600 ft deep Towanroath mine shaft. Workings were below sea level and extended out under the sea. The shaft can still be seen today covered by a metal grille and the sea can be heard below.

Extracted ore was hauled up to the clifftops to be further processed, initially by steam driven stamps, at the crushing house and then at the adjacent ore dressing floors. Processed ore was then hauled to local ports by tramway. During its heyday between 1870-1880 the mine employed 140 miners.

The main mine operations closed in 1889 with some sporadic and unsuccessful re-workings in the early 20th century, from 1911-14 using a new horizontal engine adjacent to the original house (footings can still be seen). Site closed for good in 1914.

These sites and many other ones in this area stand as a testament to Victorian entrepreneurship, engineering, and ingenuity. The global importance of the Cornwall and West Devon mining area has been recognised and is protected under monument scheduling in the UK and also it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Mining Landscape (no. 1215).

Further images taken at similar long abandoned industrial sites can be found in the album collection at www.clickasnap.com/album/17132 if you are interested.

Prints of this image are being made available for sale on different products including photographic prints, wall art framed and canvas photo prints, mugs, key ring fobs, fridge magnets, mouse mats and jigsaws. It can also be purchased as a download. Please click on product categories under the photo to see products available. (Note: click and drag a category image sideways to show more categories).

IMAGE COPYRIGHT NOTICE: The downloads offered for sale by me here on Clickasnap are copyright Richard Brookes. Downloads are only available for personal, educational and charitable use and may not be used for commercial use without permission.

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  • Created: 15th October 2019
  • Uploaded: 19th February 2021
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  • ABPhotography
    1 month ago
    Nice picture
  • scdronemedia
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    1 month ago
    Beautiful shot Richard.
  • Coty
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    5 months ago
    Great
  • luciavonu
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    5 months ago
    nice picture
  • jcliffyhuff
    6 months ago
    Very nice.
  • LisaPB
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    7 months ago
    Great, look forward to seeing them
  • LisaPB
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    7 months ago
    No Problem Richard, been to Cornwall many times over the years and lovely to see places from there :-)
    • Richard Brookes
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      7 months ago
      I will try to keep uploading new ones as time allows!
  • LisaPB
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    7 months ago
    Great Shot
    • Richard Brookes
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      7 months ago
      Thank you Lisa, appreciate your comment!
  • KarinaAlexandra
    7 months ago
    Gorgeous!
    • Richard Brookes
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      7 months ago
      Thank you Karina, so pleased you like it!
  • zahraali9
    7 months ago
    Nice shot
  • Andy
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    7 months ago
    very nice photo
  • Merethe S
    7 months ago
    LOOOve this:) shared <3
    • Richard Brookes
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      7 months ago
      Thank you much appreciated, I'm pleased you like it!
  • Marcus Paolucci
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    8 months ago
    Stunning photo!
    • Richard Brookes
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      8 months ago
      Thanks Marcus, that's much appreciated!
  • jacopo_tomassi
    8 months ago
    Wow. It's a dream. Let's support each other:) 5 sec done
    • Richard Brookes
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      8 months ago
      Many thanks Jacopo, I'm pleased you like it! I already follow you. Just some friendly advice...be careful asking for support or views etc as the site may / will ban you for trying to create 'click circles'.
  • lulita
    8 months ago
    Great shot!
  • Sigrid
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    8 months ago
    Beautiful place! :)
    • Richard Brookes
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      8 months ago
      Thank you Sigrid, another of my favourites! :)
  • DanMpics
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    8 months ago
    Nice shot!
  • ItsKingEris
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    8 months ago
    Great Pic!
    • Richard Brookes
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      8 months ago
      Thank you Erica, so pleased you like it!
  • Marje Metsaots
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    8 months ago
    Beautiful place!
    • Richard Brookes
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      8 months ago
      Thank you Marje, it is spectacular!
  • eleaxart
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    8 months ago
    Dream place! I love it
    • Richard Brookes
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      8 months ago
      Thank you, so pleased you like it! Yes...a very special place.