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The Botallack Mine (Cornish: Bostalek) is a former mine in Botallack in west Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is in a former tin mining area situated between the town of St Just in Penwith and the village of Pendeen.[1] Crown Mines, former tin mines, are low down the cliffs north of Botallack. There are two engine houses here and the mine extends for about 400 metres out under the Atlantic ocean; the deepest shaft is 250 fathoms (about 500m) below sea level. The mine ruins in the area are protected by the National Trust.[2] There are two arsenic works opposite the Botallack Mine count house. At the top of the cliffs there are also the remains of one of the mine's arsenic-refining works.[3] The 2015 BBC television series Poldark was filmed partly in Botallack, using Manor Farm as Nampara.[4] The mining developments around Botallack form part of the St Just mining district's successful inclusion in the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage site which was approved in July 2006.
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Photographer: © Pat Trout (Gallery)(18th September 2015)

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Comment by Vince Hawthorn(19th September 2015)

These are indeed the calciners where the arsenic was was was refined by being baked before the workers would go in and literally scape the powdered arsenic from the ceilings and walls. They would scrape the arsenic with no mask on or at best a handkerchief covering their mouth and nose. H&S would be in a fit if they were around in those days.

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Camera Make: Panasonic Model: DMC-FZ72
Exposure Program: Landscape, Focal length: 3.58 mm, ISO: 200, Exposure time: 1/640 sec, Metering Mode: Multi-Segment, Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Date/Time Creation: September 12, 2015, 11:49 am
Exposure Mode: 2,
ImageID:1198303, Image size: 1024 x 660 pixels

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