Wheal Coates Mine, and of course some surfers
I had lots to do today but with weather like this, it's a shame to waste it, so yet again I was drawn to the coast. I had to go to the pretty little village of St Agnes anyway, so I thought I will just go and look at the sea while I'm here. I don't know who I thought I was kidding, of course I couldn't resist taking a walk along the coastal path.
I walked to Wheal Coates, an old mine engine house on the cliffs, Cornwall is dotted with these old iconic buildings. The mining industry was huge in Cornwall producing tin and copper among other metals that were sent all over the world along with Cornish miners. There was a saying that if you looked down a mine shaft anywhere in the world you would find a Cornish Miner.
Just look at the colour of the sea and sky
The Coastal path goes right past the mine
Many of the mines were on the cliffs, their tunnels snaking out under the sea. Miners would say they could hear the pebbles rolling around on the ocean bed above their heads.
Some of the old engine houses have been converted into houses, but many are now preserved as a part of our history.
The men working underground needed something substantial to eat to keep them going and had to withstand being carried in their packs. They couldn't wash their hands, which might well have had things like arsenic on them, so they took pasties down with them to eat. They would hold the pasty by the crust and then throw that away, or as the stories go, give it to the 'Knockers', mine spirits who lived underground, in return or keeping them safe.
The famous Cornish pasty or 'Oggy'
Oh yes, I promised you topless coast walkers....
p.s. I've added a flags gadget to the page so I can see where all you lovely readers are from. Sadly there isn't the option of the Cornish flag on there!