Botallack Mine

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Coordinates: 50°08′N 5°41′W / 50.133°N 5.683°W / 50.133; -5.683

Engine houses at Crown Mines

The Botallack Mine (Cornish: Bostalek) is a former mine in Botallack in west Cornwall, 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 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.

The mineral Botallackite has its type locality here.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7
  2. ^ [1] National Trust website. Retrieved March 2010
  3. ^ [2] BBC Seven Man Made Wonders
  4. ^ [3] Cornwall Calling website; Film & Television Locations in Cornwall; Retrieved March 2010
  5. ^ Mindat.org information page for Botallackite