The Wheal Coates mining site is probably the most famous in Cornwall. It sits on one of the most beautiful cliff tops and the Towanroath shaft is very much a Cornish icon. We are most definitely in Poldark country. [click link for more Poldark locations in Cornwall]
I have yet to get a ‘proper’ photo of this building from the beach as it can only be done at a very low tide. But this view is one most commonly photographed, from the coastal pathway.
Meanwhile here are some views from the south west coastal path and St Agnes headland. Earliest records date from 1692 though digging for ore on the surface has been taking place since the Middle Ages. These ruins all date from 1872 until its abandonment in 1914.
A last ditch attempt to mine it was made in 1910 but only 18 tons of ‘black’ tin had been mined by the time it closed for good in March 1914. The National Trust restored the Towanroath Shaft engine house in 1976 and the rest of the site was stabilised in 1983. Source NT.