Heritage Trail and Gardens in Cornwall

GEEVOR HERITAGE CENTRE
- FROM MINE TO MUSEUM

Trewellard, Pendeen, St Just, Cornwall Tel: 01736 788662

Geevor Tin Mine lies perched on the rugged cliffs of Penwith, high above the Atlantic waves at the very western tip of Cornwall. The mine is the setting of the dramatic story of tin mining in the county. Most of us are familiar with the story of the mass migration of Cornish miners in the 19th century. Leaving Cornwall they played a central role in establishing many mines in foreign countries. But one Cornish mine of modern days owes much to miners who did the reverse. They left South Africa at the very end of the last century and returned to their homeland.

Geevor Heritage Centre. Trewellard, Cornwall

The Boer War broke out in 1899 forcing many miners to leave South Africa and return to the St. Just area. They carefully explored the tin bearing area adjacent to Levant and were encouraged enough by 1901 to form a company called Levant North (Wheal Geevor). There is evidence to suggest that the area had been worked for 2000 years and in fact deep level mining took place up until 1891. In 1904 West Australian Gold Field invested in the venture and a new company was formed. By 1911 Geevor Tin Mines was floated as a modern tin mine. For the next 80 years, and especially after the closure of Levant in 1930, Geevor was the lifeblood of the local community. But things were not always rosy. Mining is a risky and unpredictable business. The mining companies are exposed to such external factors as volatile metal prices which can wipe out profits overnight, and internal variables such as the capricious tin lodes which can disappear suddenly into barren rock. Geevor was not immune to these crises but its management and men had the tenacity and doggedness to weather the storms and keep in production for most of this century. However, the Tin Crisis of 1985, when the price fell from £10,000 to £3,400 per ton overnight, virtually wiped out the Cornish tin mining industry and Geevor with it. Wheal Jane and South Crofty were fortunate to benefit from Government rescue packages. Geevor was left to die. In August 1906 the mine closed with little prospect of reopening And then the tin price recovered at the end of 1987. There was a ray of hope for Geevor. it was able to commence mining again on a small scale. But any hopes of a return to full scale production were soon dashed. With the tin price languishing around £3,000 per ton, the mine was finally closed in February 1990. The pumps were switched off in May 1991. The story could have ended there with the mine flooding, the plant broken up for scrap, and the machinery left to rust. It could have, but it didn't

A number of individuals and organisations felt strongly that Geevor should not be allowed to suffer an undignified death. The Cornwall County Council stepped in and purchased the mine and Penwith District Council lent its support to the project. But it was the dedication of a group of ex- Geevor employees in particular which was the driving force behind saving the mine. They worked tirelessly throughout long hours to prepare Geevor for the next phase of its long life.

In August 1993 the mine was reopened as a Heritage Centre. Pendeen Community Heritage, a registered charity, now manages it for Cornwall County Council, set up by local people committed to conserving their heritage. The centre, open all year, has a museum where displays and artefacts show how Cornish miners lived and worked. The huge site, including many buildings, tells the story of the production of tin concentrate from the mining of the raw ore through the refining processes. A section of 18 th Century underground working was opened in 1995; visitors walk through the old tunnels while a guide vividly brings to life the old working techniques and conditions. Complete the Geevor experience by visiting the Gift shop and the Counthouse café.

Geevor offers huge potential for educational work at all levels. Packages can be tailored for visiting parties; please contact us for details. Remember Geevor is a huge site set on fantastic coastline you will want to explore, allow yourself plenty of time for the visit.

 

Properties in Pendeen

Cornwall Online has 16 Character properties offering Accommodation in this area

Chy Barnett Holiday Cottage
Gurnards Head nr St Ives

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Chy Barnett Holiday Cottage

Self catering Stunning cliff top Holiday Cottage - Wake up to beautiful views of the Cornish sea. Stunning Holiday Cottage situated on the coastal path at Gurnards Head, enjoying the most stunning sea and coastline views, our secluded detached cottage sleeps 7 guests in total peace and tranquillity.
     Tel: 01948 710345

Trewoofe Self Catering
Lamorna

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Trewoofe Self Catering

Self Catering A character 18th century barn conversion sleeping 4 people in the beautiful Lamorna Valley. Trewoofe is conveniently situated for exploring West Cornwall and within easy reach of breathtaking coastal/country walks with stunning views and picturesque coves/beaches.
     Tel: 01736 810336

Rosemerryn Cottage
Lamorna

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Rosemerryn Cottage

Self Catering A delightful secluded cottage sleeping 4/6 set in 7 acres of private woodland. Only 1 mile from the beautiful Lamorna Cove. Lovely sandy beaches nearby. The ideal location for your holiday in west Cornwall slepps 4 to 6 people
Rosemerryn Cottage      Tel: 01736 810530

St Michaels Farmhouse
Ludgvan

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St Michaels Farmhouse

Self Catering Traditional Granite Farmhouse -situated between St Ives and Penzance, Sited on a hilly ridge overlooking the whole of Mount's Bay. Former Mine Captain's House close to Poldark Coutry. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with awesome countryside, coastal and sea views. Parking, Four Bedrooms and Superb sea views. Sleeps 2 to 8+ people
     Tel: 01736 741176

The Old Pilchard Works - B&B
Mousehole

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The Old Pilchard Works - B&B

Bed & Breakfast The Old Pilchard Works B&B offers Bed and breakfast stays, just yards from Mousehole Harbour. The B&B has two spacious En-suite double bedrooms - both are accessed by their own private entrance. B&B stays in a lovingly restored historic building - Mousehole's former pilchard processing factory.- situated in the centre of the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole, just a few metres walk to the harbour, beach, pubs, restaurants, shops and galleries. Two ensuite bedrooms sleeping 2 + 2
     Tel: 01736 732699

Caroline Cottage
Mousehole

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Caroline Cottage

Self catering A wonderful Holiday Cottage with Balcony over looking Mousehole harbour and Mounts Bay. Caroline Cottage sleeps 6 with annex sleeping 2 additional guests if needed. An Ideal Holiday cottage for breaks in MOUSEHOLE -one of the most beautiful and unspoilt fishing villages in England - most of our visitors fall completely in love with it, adults and children alike. Optional linen service. PARKING NEARBY sleeps 6 to 8
     Tel: 01865-727423

Nanquidno House
Near Sennen

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Nanquidno House

Self Catering A delightful 18th Century Cornish farmhouse, offering spacious accommodation for 6/7 adults. Located in secluded valley. 5 minutes walk down the valley footpath is the Coastal path to spectacular walks towards Land’s End, Cape Cornwall. 5 minutes drive to the large sandy beach of Sennen Cove & the surfing beach of Gwenver.
     Tel: 07739714945

Chegwidden Farm
Penzance

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Chegwidden Farm

Self Catering 17th century self-catering farmhouse accommodation on the Lands End peninsula. Secluded location and listed in the book of legends, the site can be traced back to 1324. Enjoy our hot tub spa set in a secluded walled area relax under the stars also enjoy one of the many holistic therapies on offer
  Quality in Tourism / Visit England  5 Stars Tel: 01736 810516

St Aubyn Estates
Porthgwarra, Lands End

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St Aubyn Estates

Self Catering Stylish properties in stunning coastal locations. 6 beautifully renovated houses, sleeping 2- 8 - some with panoramic sea views, others just yards from the beach at Porthgwarra Cove. Come and enjoy cliff walks, sandy coves, surfing and St Ives, as well as exploring the island castle of St Michaels Mount.
     Tel: 01736 888 515

Seal Cottage
Sennen

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Seal Cottage

Self Catering Nestled by the sand dunes just 300 yards from the acclaimed and outstandingly stunning Blue Flag beach at Sennen, Seal Cottage is ideal for the adventurous escape that you have been looking for from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Sleeps 4
     Tel: 01934 713 498

Tinker Taylor Cottage
Sennen

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Tinker Taylor Cottage

Self Catering Thatched self-catering beachside holiday cottage in Sennen Cove, Lands End; sleeping up to 12, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 10 metres from the beach, with breathtaking sea views and enclosed garden. Golden sandy beaches. 1 mile walk to Lands End.
     Tel: 07971675125

Casple Cottage
St Just

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Casple Cottage

Self Catering Casple Cottage is a traditional miners cottage which has been sensitively refurbished to preserve its original character with exposed beams and exposed granite walls.
     Tel: 01579 370608

Keigwin Farmhouse
St Just , Lands End

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Keigwin Farmhouse

Bed & Breakfast + Self catering Bed and Breakfast, situated near the village of Morvah the Farmhouse is around 300 years old and is warm and comfortable with organic bedlinen, and a cosy parlour. The breakfasts are generous with organic produce from the farmhouse whenever possible. Bedrooms: 2 Double rooms + 1 single.

Self-catering holiday cottage in St Ives, sleeps 4 with sea views also available.
     Tel: 01736 786 425

Tredinney Farm - Holiday Cottages & B&B stays
St. Buryan

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Tredinney Farm - Holiday Cottages & B&B stays

Self Catering + Bed & Breakfast A delightful Holiday cottages, and B&B stays with character, on a traditional family-run farm, attractive gardens, ideal for beaches, sightseeing, walking, with wonderful views as guests saylisten to the silence Three B&B rooms and 2 Holiday cottages - sleeping 4 and 6
  CTB member,, Cartwheel  4 Star Tel: 01736 810 352

Bosavern House
St.Just in Penwith, Lands end

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Bosavern House

Bed & Breakfast Discover the heart of Poldark country. A historic country guesthouse offering delicious cooked breakfasts, friendly service and comfortable accommodation. An ideal walking or touring centre. Relax in our gardens, walk the coastal footpath to an isolated sandy cove or explore West Cornwall. The choice is yours!
Bosavern House   Quality in Tourism / Visit England  4 stars Silver Award logo Tel: 01736-788301

Cringlers Barn
Zennor

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Cringlers Barn

Self catering Cringlers Barn is situated on a working Guernsey Dairy Farm in the idyllic village of Zennor. Zennor is located five miles west of St Ives. Buses run daily between the village of Zennor and St Ives. Sleeps 4
     Tel: 01736 794849

 
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