East Pool Mine in Cornwall was a copper, and then tin, mine which was worked from the early 18th century up until 1945. There are still 2 beam engines in place above the shafts, and you can go up inside one of them :)
The mine has been in the care of the National Trust since 1967 and there is small museum / discovery centre in the buildings around the engine house at Taylor’s shaft; which is the newer, and bigger of the 2.
Outside the discovery centre you can walk around the outside of the original buildings which date from around 1920, but we weren’t able to go up inside the engine tower, and there is no access to the mineshafts themselves.
It’s still very interesting to see these remains of a major industry though.
Across the road at Michell’s shaft they had the beam engine running and we were able to go up inside the engine house ^^
From outside these things look big, but when you’re inside near the top and the beam is going up and down right next to you it looks huuuuge >.>
This original shaft was closed 1921 due to a rock fall, but the shaft used to go down as far as 160 metres….after this the newer shaft at Taylor’s was started.