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Housemans Engine House
South Phoenix Mine
Minions
Cornwall
England

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.
From http://www.minions-cornwall.co.uk/

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

Comments

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholover 2 years ago

    Love it.

  • thanks Sue

    – mikebov

  • Fara
    Faraover 2 years ago

    This is a lovely image Mike………………………..very interesting write up too…………………………Joyce

  • thanks Joyce
    It was well worth the early rise
    The car park was full of Ponies & sheep and a few rabbits. I could not drive in , 2 sheep were standing guard and refused to move out of the way. I ended up parking on the verge.

    – mikebov

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 2 years ago

    This is very moody and evocative Mike – did you enjoy Cornwall – we certainly did !

  • Love Cornwall
    It’s been several years since our last visit

    – mikebov

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 2 years ago

    Excellent work Mike.

  • thanks Richard

    – mikebov

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 2 years ago

    Great image and a very interesting history.

  • thanks Nigel

    – mikebov

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayover 2 years ago

    Lovely photograph! :O)

  • thanks Vanessa

    – mikebov

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago


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  • thanks for the great news

    – mikebov

  • pennyswork
    pennysworkover 2 years ago

    Beautiful – looks a bit chilly though :))

  • thanks Penny
    It was actually surprisingly mild especially so early in the morning

    – mikebov

  • Lightthinker
    Lightthinkerover 2 years ago

    Wow. Great picture! My sure fave!

  • thanks Juergen

    – mikebov

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 2 years ago

    Beautiful !

  • thanks Trudi

    – mikebov

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