to save historic buildings are gearing up for the new series of
Restoration, which starts on Tuesday, July 13th.
Mine will be featured on BBC2 at 9pm on Sunday 25th July.
will open on Sunday and close on Monday - you can vote for South
Caradon Mine for it to go through to the final stage of the competition
to win a grant to restore and stabilize it. The public will then
be able to visit one of the most important mines in the South West.
South Caradon Mine
lines open at 9pm on Sunday 25th July and close 24 hours later.
BBC Restoration on 09011 33 22 22 on either day.
calls cost 50p with a minimum of 34p going to The Restoration
Rhys Jones will be returning to present the BBC Two programmes that
give viewers the chance to save one of 21 historic buildings at
risk in the UK- one of them is South Caradon Mine.
here to listen to
Emma Lloyd's interview with Griff Rhys Jones.
here to see a panoramic
South Caradon Mine
take around £1.2 million to secure the underground tunnels,
engine houses and mine stacks on the site. With far reaching views
across Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, South Caradon mine is a sight worth
Caradon Mine has a rich and important history
importance of South Caradon mine cannot be under-estimated in the
history of the local area, and of Cornwall itself.
is because of Caradon that many of the nearby conurbations exist.
The mine also aided in the evolution of the county's social, financial
and transport history.
miner called Eynore first began mining for copper in the hill in
the 1820's, but he didn't manage to find enough and his backers
pulled out. What a mistake!
40 years, South Caradon mine was one of the richest and most productive
mines in the South West. It produced in its working lifetime around
no time jobs were created, the local population grew, and roads
that had been used for little more than a few farm carts were suddenly
busy with traffic carrying coal, machinery and copper.
to cope with the demands put upon them, the roads were soon replaced
by a railway that ran to the foot of the mine.
road hundreds of miners once walked down leading to the mine
along with affluence, the mine also brought problems to the area.
Work was tough and many miners died as a result of the dangerous
machinery, crushed by falling rocks or falling off ladders due to
was a housing shortage, small cottages became overcrowded and fever
beset the population.
competition was fierce and in the latter part of the 19th century
many workers headed off to the Americas where mining techniques
were less labour intensive and ultimately there was more money elsewhere.
Caradon Hill is designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The mine can be walked around, but the structures are not secure
and visitors do so at their own risk.
site has been neglected for 100 years, with vegetation, decay, vandalism
and the collapse of underground workings destroying many of the
industrial buildings, including the main engine house. The chimneys
are still standing but again, are fragile and unsafe.
the help of a grant from Restoration, the site would be made safe
and opened to the public.
is your chance to save a vital piece of the South West's heritage
and keep this treasured building alive for future generations to
enjoy. It really is a matter of life of death
Emma LLoyd on BBC Radio Cornwall each weekday evening
can hear more about Restoration by tuning in to BBC Radio Cornwall
with Emma Lloyd every weekday 7-10.
will be able to see more on Spotlight television BBC1 18.30 over
the coming weeks.
us know if there's a building in your area that you'd like to save.
For more information about Restoration, log on to bbc.co.uk/restoration
or for an information pack, call 08700 100 150