Mining landscape of Cornwall and West Devon becomes a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Not a techno-heritage story, but something else that is close to my heart as a Cornishman 🙂

The mining landscape of Cornwall and West Devon has become a World Heritage Site, following a decision by the World Heritage Committee, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell announced today.

Cornwall and West Devon has supplied much of the western world’s tin and copper over the last 4,000 years and, for a time during the 18th and 19th centuries, the area was the world’s greatest producer of these metals. As such, it contributed substantially to Britain’s Industrial Revolution and influenced mining technology and industrialisation throughout the world.

It is this influence on the global culture and economy which has been acknowledged by the World Heritage Committee.

Ten areas have been identified as best representing the many different facets of Cornish mining: St Just; Hayle; Tregonning; Wendron; Camborne-Redruth; Gwennap; St Agnes; Luxulan-Charlestown; Caradon; and Tamar-Tavistock.

This is good news all round, in my opinion, for Cornish heritage in general. I know some of those landscapes, and they are beautiful, covered in the old mining networks of early railways, engine houses, a complete infrastructure that is in many cases, quite well preserved, and in others, in serious need of attention. Now, hopefully, these important areas with their fantastic remains of the now vanished, but world famous mining industry, may be managed and conserved.

Links: UNESCO World Heritage Centre listing, Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Bid.

One Response to Mining landscape of Cornwall and West Devon becomes a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  1. Graham Tait 16 July, 2006 at 9:10 pm #

    This is great news for both Cornwall and West Devon, and hopefully not only good for the heritage of that area, but also the people who live, visit or otherwise enjoy this fantastic part of England.