On a wild Atlantic coast transformed by tin and copper mining, the famed Crowns engine houses cling to the foot of the cliffs. Once a busy industrial landscape, it's now part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and the Tin Coast. Recent location for mining scenes in BBC's Poldark.


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The abandoned mine engine house of Wheal Owles, Botallack

Botallack Mine, St Just 

The abandoned buildings at Botallack provide the perfect stand in for the Poldark family mines of Wheal Leisure (in reality Wheal Owles) and Grambler (Wheal Crowns).The buildings give a fascinating insight into Cornish mining history. There were over 100 engine houses in the St Just district during the 19th century and earlier. But in 1895 the entire mine at Botallack closed due to rapidly falling copper and tin prices.

Characters from Poldark tv series

Real Poldark country  

Botallack was the backdrop for the BAFTA-winning TV series Poldark. Find out more about the filming that took place and how Cornwall became one of the stars of Poldark.


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The buildings of Levant Mine on the cliff tops

A glimpse of Cornish mining at Botallack 

The remains of the mine buildings at this site give a fascinating look into the past.

The count house was where the mine business used to be done. 	old image of the count house with an old botallack mine cart in foreground

What is a 'count house'? 

Learn about the office buildings of 19th century mining, like the one at Botallack, which is now a holiday cottage.