Abandoned Tin Mine. Joiner created by Mark Murfitt © 2014 . All rights reserved.

Abandoned Tin Mine, Cornwall

If you’ve ever been to Cornwall in the South West of England then you’ll have seen these abandoned mines peppering the landscape. There’s absolutely loads of them, although you do have to keep your eyes open to see them as they often stand in the middle of fields and can be obscured from view by hedges and trees.

Whenever I see one of these old mines it always seems a pity they’re no longer used as I know a fair few of them stopped being used not because the tin had dried up, but because it was too expensive to extract when compared to imported tin. When tin started to be imported from the continent a lot cheaper than it could be mined in Cornwall a whole industry died, and along with it a way of life, to the best of my knowledge (and I’m by no means an authority on this) there are no working mines left, the last closed sometime in the 1990’s.

These old mines can be treacherous, this one is reasonably well marked, however there are a fair few mines where the stones were robbed to make houses leaving big holes in the middle of a field..which don’t always have a fence around them to keep curious animals and people at bay!!

This joiner was taken on a cold January morning, and I had to scale two fences to get close enough for the shot. I like the clouds in this joiner, they came out really well, I would have liked a little more detail in the top of the chimney stack, but, as is my rule, I won’t retouch any individual photos in the post-process..

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Picture particulars:

Dimensions: 4.25m wide by 3.6m high (14.17ft x 12ft)

Photos used: 34

Song inspiration: Moby – Hotel Intro

6 Responses to Abandoned Tin Mine, Cornwall

  1. Great light streams from the clouds, nice!!

  2. Great shot, love the shafts of light from the clouds!

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