Levant Mine
Levant Mine
Levant Mine stands in a superb location on the edge of a cliff near St Just, Cornwall. A steam engine supplies the power for the historic beam engine which stands at the core of the mine buildings. The famous Levant beam engine is the only example still in steam at at a copper or tin mine. It is housed in a small engine house on the very edge of the cliffs.
Visitors can take an underground tour of the shafts and 'dry' tunnels under the mine buildings. View the winding and pumping shafts, and see the electric winding engine.

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'.