On Tuesday 16 February, the Trevithick Society in Liskeard was treated to an interesting talk by Barry Gamble on Mining Migration. Barry started the talk with some details about the history of the mines in the Liskeard area – South Caradon, Morwhellam and the Liskeard-Caradon Mineral Railway.

The technology of Cornish engine house building is to be found nationally in Shropshire, Wales, Peak District and South Ireland and Scotland.

We were then told about the ongoing project by Cornwall and Devon World Heritage Sites (Mining). This is where other countries around the world, that have had a mining influence from Cornwall, are starting to preserve their own mines. The mines in these countries will come under our own Cornish WHS umbrella. Our speaker visits Spain, South Africa, South America and Australsia every year through his involvement with this project.

John Taylor (a famous Cornish mining engineer), built the first railways in the mining areas of South Africa to transport the ore. He also took a railway loco engine over to South Africa, from Leeds, in the 1860s. Harvey’s of Hayle (the mining suppliers) cast iron collars for wells, also in South Africa.

Barry had found that miners from the same local areas, went to the same countries to work (South Africa had mainly East Cornwall and West Devon migrants). The Methodist traditions also went with the miners and of course, their pasties!

Thank you Barry, for a very informative talk.

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