Pendeen was at the heart of copper and tin mining operations in Cornwall until the end of the 19th century, when, with the decline of the industry, many local miners were forced to find work as far afield as South Africa, Australia and America. The mines themselves, whether near or far, were dangerous places, and I have included a number of headstones, both in this post and in the forthcoming one when we will tour the local cemetery, that illustrate exactly that. In the photograph above, for example, you will notice that William John Williams, on the left, met his fate in Kimberley, South Africa, where the world’s biggest diamond mines were situated, and William Bennetts, on the right, died in California.
This is just terribly sad.
The evidence of a once great industry still stands, gaunt against the coastal skyline…
…while in the village itself, the mining tradition is still far from forgotten.