Housemans Engine House
South Phoenix Mine

Minions is a small village situated high up on Bodmin moor in South East Cornwall, England. Most of the village is over 300m above sea level and it is therefore the highest village in Cornwall. The name Minions derives from Minions Mound a Barrow at the west end of the village. The village itself has a pub “The Cheesewring”, named after the rock formation at the top of the hill above Minions, a restaurant and tea rooms “Hurlers Halt”, named after a bronze age set of stone circles and a Post Office/Shop and Tea rooms. The area surrounding Minions is beautiful countryside offering a wealth of archaeological interest from early Bronze Age to the Tin and Copper Mining which finished early in the last century, the last to close being the Prince of Wales Shaft, closing around 1914. Many of the mine pump houses and spoil tips can still be seen. Quarrying is was also a big part of life around Minions in the 19th century with several quarries in the area. The products of the mines and quarries taken from the area to Liskeard and then onto Looe for shipping, on the Liskeard & Caradon Railway built around 1844. The tracks are long gone, it closed in 1916 but the railway makes an excellent way of seeing the area by either walking, cycling or on horseback. One of the Engine Houses of the South Phoenix Mine has been converted into The Minions Heritage Centre.

I awoke early (5:30am) to see sun & mist from the holiday cottage.
I arrived on Bodmin moor to capture this at 6am

Panasonic G2


phoenix, mine, bodmin, housemans, minions, moor, mist, sunrise


  • JeannieBlue
    JeannieBlueover 1 year ago


  • Thanks Jeannie

    – mikebov

  • Fara
    Faraover 1 year ago

    One of your best images Mike…………… it………………………Joyce

  • Thank you Joyce. Another one from the archives. I have previously loaded an image of same scene
    “Phoenix rising out of the Mist”

    – mikebov

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 1 year ago

    This one is full of mystique Mike – very well captured !

  • Thanks Roy

    – mikebov

  • Kathleen Daley
    Kathleen Daleyover 1 year ago

    wow, this is beautiful!

  • thanks Katie

    – mikebov

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 1 year ago

    Stunning Mike. Was this taken last week?

  • Thanks Richard
    No , taken last June. We are returning to the same cottage at St Cleer again in June.
    Hoping for similar misty mornings

    – mikebov

  • 29Breizh33
    29Breizh33over 1 year ago

    Great image Mike. Well captured .

  • Thanks Michelle

    – mikebov

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 1 year ago

    This is a postcard, or better! Here’s to getting up early & catching ‘the worm’, as it were. What a scene; great work, Mike.

  • Thanks Sheila

    – mikebov

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 1 year ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • thanks Colin

    – mikebov

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 1 year ago

    Very beautiful shot, Mike

  • Thanks Shulie

    – mikebov

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 1 year ago

    Fabulous atmosphere and composition. It would make an amazing book cover for a romantic mystery novel.

  • thanks Bev

    – mikebov

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