History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Levant Mine offers a wonderful glimpse into the mining industry which did so much to shape Cornish history. This history has been recognized by the Unesco World Heritage scheme, and Levant Mine forms part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site. A short walk along the cliffs leads you to another historic mine; Botallack Mine, also owned by the National Trust.
The first Levant Mine was begun around 1743, but the current mine was founded in 1820 by a consortium under the directorship of Lewis Charles Daubuz and Mr John Batten. Levant Mine originally mined copper, but in 1835 a large tin deposit was discovered, and the mine expanded to include both substances. Between 1820 and 1930 the mine was highly successful in both copper and tin production, extracting over 130,000 tons of copper ore during that span.
The mine tunnels extend far out under the Atlantic Ocean, and the deepest shaft is 350 fathoms below the sea.
The mines closed in 1930, and the beam engine fell silent for over 60 years until it was restored by a team of volunteers dubbed 'the Greasy Gang'.
About Levant Mine
Address: Trewellard, Pendeen, St Just, Cornwall, England, TR19 7SX
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: On the B3306 St Just to St Ives road. The beam engine does not 'steam' every day. Please check details on the National Trust website to ensure that you visit on a day when the engine is working.
Website: Levant Mine
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: John Gibson, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
St Just in Penwith Church - 1.6 miles (Historic Church)
Ballowall Barrow - 2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Men an Tol - 3.5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Lanyon Quoit - 3.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Carn Euny Ancient Village - 3.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Sancreed Holy Well - 4.2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Sancreed, St Creden Church - 4.3 miles (Historic Church)
Madron Holy Well and Chapel - 4.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Accommodation to Levant Mine:
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Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')