Levant Mine and Beam Engine

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Levant Mine and Beam Engine
Boiler house (with chimney) and whim building on the left, pump engine house to the right
Typeindustrial heritage, mine
LocationTrewellard, Cornwall
Coordinates50°09′08″N 5°41′08″W / 50.15222°N 5.68556°W / 50.15222; -5.68556Coordinates: 50°09′08″N 5°41′08″W / 50.15222°N 5.68556°W / 50.15222; -5.68556
OwnerNational Trust
Criteriaii, iii, iv
Designated2006 (30th session)
Part ofCornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
Reference no.1215
United KingdomEurope and North America
Listed Building – Grade II
Levant Mine and Beam Engine is located in Cornwall
Levant Mine and Beam Engine
Location of Levant Mine and Beam Engine in Cornwall

Levant Mine and Beam Engine is a National Trust property at Trewellard, Pendeen, near St Just, Cornwall, England, UK. Its main attraction is that it has the world's only Cornish beam engine still operated by steam on its original site. There is also a visitor centre, a short underground tour, and a cliff-top footpath that leads to Botallack Mine.[1]

Since 2006, the area has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape.


Lelant Engine.jpg

The property is on the site of the former Levant Mine, established in 1820 and closed in 1930, where tin and copper ores were raised. The mine reached a depth of about 600 metres. It got the nickname "mine under the sea", because tunnels were driven up to 2.5 km from the cliffs under the sea.

Overview sketch of the buildings and ruins of the Levant Mine (buildings and ruins still existing shown in red)


The beam engine was built c. 1840 by Harvey's of Hayle.[2]

See also[edit]

  • Man engine for an account of the accident in the mine on 20 October 1919.
  • Geevor Tin Mine, just to the north-east of the Levant complex.


  1. ^ "Levant Mine and Beam Engine". National Trust. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  2. ^ "Levant Mine and Beam Engine". Cornwall Museums. Retrieved 24 May 2016.

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