Mullion and the Levant Mine

 

After a long drive from Reading to Mullion in Cornwall we decided to check out the Mullion harbor (which the English spell "harbour"). After a false start walking down the wrong road we ended up driving----we were not disappointed in what we found:

Rocky cliffs with a small breakwater.

A beautiful woman sitting on a hillside.

who was looking at a rock formation and seeing George Washington in profile. Can you see it?

American tourists looking around and taking pictures.

Waves crashing on the rocks.

And a really quaint harbor with a few fishing craft drawn up.

 

The next day we drove a few miles south to the tip of the Lizard and walked along the coast path close to the Lizard Lighthouse.

The shoreline is dramatic with high cliffs and lots of birds to watch.

There are many caves like this along the coastline, making it an ideal place for smugglers in past times.

And when I ventured off the path a bit, I found a delightful rock garden that would be spoiled if anyone tended it.

The Stanlands simply beamed with pleasure at the views.

Two lighthouses in this picture. Can you find the other?

Raymond and Karen demonstrate the proper method of navagating a "kissing" gate.

 

Then we headed for the west coast and the Levant Mine. It's an old tin mine (and copper) which hasn't been worked since 1960. We didn't get to go into the mine itself since it's mostly under the ocean (extending around three miles out). The reason for visiting this particular mine was that they have a working beam engine there. Beam engines were steam powered and used for all sorts of things in the 19th century---pumping water, winding engines in mines, and engines in sewage pumping stations, to name a few. There aren't many left that actually work. So we went to check it out.

 

The beam of the engine. It rocks on a central pivot (see the video below).

The shaft driving the winding wheel.

The engine was rebuilt by "The Greasy Gang"---one of it's members demonstrates it to interested tourists.

Raymond explains the engine workings to Ann.

This costal inlet was where the mine began, and where the miners entered the mine before a tunnel from the surface was built.

There aren't many buildings above ground left. This one was the most complete.

Most are ruins like this----and they dot the coastline in this area---isolated smokestacks.

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