quote Levant Mine and Beam Engine

Levant Mine and Beam Engine, owned by the National Trust is just a short walk along the coast path from Geevor Tin mine.

Tin and copper have been mined in this region for generations. The mine at Levant was first opened in 1820. By 1836, 320 men, 44 women and 186 children were employed on the site. Levant was famed for it’s mine workings that extend more than a mile under the sea bed. It later became know for the man engine disaster in 1919 in which 31 men were killed. The man engine carried the miners 600m underground. It saved them many hours and the effort of climbing ladders to cover the considerable distance. Following the accident, the mine went into decline and was closed in 1930.

Gladly, that’s not the only legacy of Levant. People from around the world come here to see the only steam powered beam engine in it’s original position. Designed by Francis Mitchell and built in 1840 by Harvey’s of Hayle, the 27 inch winding engine raised tin and copper ores for 90 years until the mine closed in 1930. You can find out more about the engine and how it works in Grace’s Guide to British Industrial  You can see a video of the beam engine in operation here.

There are guided tours of the site and the engine steams every 15 minutes. Eldest got chance to operate the engine when we visited. Other highlights include; the dry (the miners changing area), the underground tunnel leading to the site of the old man engine, and a view down a very deep shaft! There is also a 1 km walk taking in the ruined surface workings and beautiful coastal views. A part of Cornish history not to be missed.


Restored after 60 idle years by a group of volunteers known as the ‘Greasy Gang’, it is a thrilling experience for young and old alike to see this old engine in action, with its evocative sounds and smells.

National Trust Website


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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

One comment

  1. This looks like an amazing insight into our local history, I’m adding it to my list of places to visit from here. I love your account of the mining history so sad to hear of the disaster in 1919 butter and so pleased the mine has survived for us to see today. Thank you for sharing such a fascinating visit on #CountryKids

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