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Jul 14, 2006 15:55 |  #1

May be of interest to the folks in the South West of England. Although they prolly know all about it already. :)
The Times, July 14, 2006

Ruins of Cornwall's old mines become new world wonders
By Simon de Bruxelles

RELICS of 2,500 years of mining that litter the Cornish landscape were given World Heritage site status yesterday.The honour ranks the remains alongside
the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids at Giza.

The decision was made at a meeting of Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, in Vilnius, Lithunania.
Heritage status was granted to ten areas of Cornwall and West Devon, where deep mining began in pre-Roman times when Phoenician traders sailed north to
buy tin. They include areas of the Tamar Valley near Tavistock, where the world’s largest copper and arsenic mines prospered 200 years ago. Not only the mines,
but also some of the infrastructure, including villages that housed the miners, are named.

The mines join other World Heritage sites in Britain, such as Stonehenge, Bath and the Jurassic coast of Dorset.
Adam Paynter, chairman of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site Partnership, which led the bid for heritage status, said: “This is
fantastic news. The Cornwall and West Devon mining landscape now officially belongs to the world and we are the custodians charged with ensuring that our heritage is preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.

“We should all be amazingly proud that Unesco has recognised the important role Cornwall and West Devon’s mining history has to play.”
Nick Johnson, World Heritage site bid manager, said the that cultural identity of Cornwall and West Devon was transformed by mining during the 18th and 19th centuries. “For a time the region was the world’s greatest producer of tin and copper and provided the essential raw materials for industrialisation of the world,” he said.

“This took on global significance as a result of the mass migration of miners overseas, where 175 locations have known Cornish mining connections.” They include America, Australia, Mexico and Spain. In many places their legacy lives on in place names and traditions.

Stephen Gill, from West Devon council, said: “This puts us on the world map as a place of international significance. Along with bringing a sense of pride to the community, the economic benefits will be huge. It marks the way in which our mining culture was transported around the world, which is why they have pasty shops in Mexico and play rugby in Australia and South Africa.”

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· The World Heritage Convention was adopted by Unesco in 1972
· Since then 800 sites have been given special protected status, including 628 cultural and 160 natural sites in 137 countries
· Other sites chosen at the meeting in Vilnius included ancient irrigation systems in Oman, the fortified city of Harar Jugol in Ethiopia, and the palaces of Genoa in Italy
· There are 26 protected sites in the UK, including the Tower of London, Kew Gardens, the city of Bath and the Giant’s Causeway.
· Other protected sites include the Serengeti plain in East Africa, the Pyramids, the Great Barrier Reef and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America
· Inclusion on the World Heritage list makes a country eligible for financial assistance from Unesco and training to help to protect and manage sites [


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Jul 15, 2006 06:58 |  #2

It's definately good news :) I'm on the county border between Devon and Cornwall, the area pretty much survives on tourism so this is a massive boost. Everyone and anyone is welcome to come have a look and explore :)

I was in Cornwall on wednesday and while i was driving there were about 3 stone tin mines silhouetted against the skyline at one point and i was kicking myself that i couldn't take a pic.


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Jul 15, 2006 07:41 |  #3

Well this is great news. The South West is well worth spending a few weeks travelling through. I lived in Bath and still have a place in Somerset and I really enjoyed it down there. It was always great driving to and from London and going past Stonehenge too. It's a real WOW site! The Eden Project is also well worth a visit down that way.


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Jul 15, 2006 09:39 |  #4

It has taken some time to get this status, Guys. I remember clearly having discussions that the decision was imminent in 1990! The tin mines can be beautiful to see especially in early or evening light or shrouded in whispy fog.The mines are iconic. Here is stereo of one of Cornwall's many isolated tin mines. Cross your eyes and a central image giving depth will appear. :D



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