Cornwall Industrial Settlements Initiative
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Kerrier District Council
Mid-west Cornwall
Main period of industrial settlement growth:
1820 - 1925
Study Area:
SW 6440
Main industry:
Mining and engineering

Industrial history and significance

Camborne is central to understanding the history of Cornish and world metal mining.  Despite an underlying pre-industrial base, it is in its present form strongly industrial in character. It is one of the best places in Cornwall to trace the effects of the sudden booms and recessions that characterised Cornish mining, and in particular the rapid recovery of the copper industry in the late 18th/early 19th centuries. It was also home to Trevithick and other leading engineers who had such a profound effect on world mining. 

This settlement forms part of the proposed Cornwall & west Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site Bid, and is considered an important part of the context for the Bid.


The downloads offered below represent the different elements of the CISI Camborne Report including the core text and the nine illustrative map figures.
 Title Description Format Size
CISI Camborne report Report text. Format type: PDF


Figure 1 Location map Format type: PDF 766kb
Figure 2 Historical development map Format type: PDF 1178kb
Figure 2a " Format type: PDF 680kb
Figure 3 Surviving historical components map Format type: PDF 1387kb
Figure 3a " Format type: PDF 696kb
Figure 4 Gazetteer sites, existing designations and recommendations map Format type: PDF 1577kb
Figure 4a " Format type: PDF 855kb
Figure 4b " Format type: PDF 1315kb
Figure 4c " Format type: PDF 1216kb

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Last Updated: 08/01/2004. © Cornwall County Council, Historic Environment Service.