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Botallack is an historic village attracting many visitors to its heritage coastline which is dotted with the workings of old, long abandoned mines.

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Photographer: © Vince Hawthorn (Gallery)(13th May 2015)
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The Crowns

I make no apology for uploading a shot of The Crowns tin and copper mine, perhaps one of the most photographed mines in Kernow. The Crowns was responsible for 22,465 tons of copper, 14,888 tons of tin and 1,525 tons of arsenic. Arsenic was a by-product of hard rock mining for tin and copper, the spoil being baked in the calciners and then the arsenic was scrapped by hand from the walls and ceiling of the calciner- the only protection being a handkerchief tied across the face of the workers. 1863 saw a disaster where 8 men and 1 boy were killed travelling in the tram wagon when the chain broke sending it hurtling down Boscawen Diagonal Shaft. The Crowns were visited by Albert and Vctoria in 1846 and in 1865 the then Duke and Duchess of Cornwall actually descended the mine. The shafts and tunnels of the mine go down and out under the Atlantic ocean in their search for the ore.

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Camera Make: Canon Model: Canon EOS 550D
Exposure Program: Landscape, Focal length: 42 mm, Aperture: f 8, ISO: 100, Exposure time: 1/125 sec, Metering Mode: Multi-Segment, Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Date/Time Creation: May 9, 2015, 1:49 pm
ImageID:1196414, Image size: 5014 x 3156 pixels

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Comment by Dave John(13th May 2015)

Great job and interesting narrative to boot

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Comment by Colin Jones(14th May 2015)

Great shot and narrative

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Comment by Pat TroutPremier Member! Click for more info..(14th May 2015)

Brilliant pic and info Vince

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Comment by rustyruth(14th May 2015)

Cracking shot Vince, excellent narrative too.

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Comment by Martin Humphreys(14th May 2015)

Lovely shot Vince. Hoping to visit all this area in July when we are at St. Agnes for our main holiday.

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Comment by Zbigniew Siwik(14th May 2015)

Beautiful view .

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