(Underground Slate Mine ~
usually referred to as a
In 2013, the underground Carnglaze
Caverns were granted the status of
A visit to Carnglaze Caverns near St.Neot will
take you into the underground world of the slate quarrymen and miners. Carnglaze Caverns are set in the now very
pretty wooded valley of the River Loveny.
The caverns were originally a slate quarry, that "grew" underground to
reach the better quality slate. Although the "quarry" is perhaps technically a
"mine" - it being underground - it is always referred to as a slate quarry, due
to its "quarry-like" beginnings. Slate was quarried up until the early 1900s, when the cost of
transport became too great, and their use decreased from there on, but there are
no doubt many houses around Cornwall that have Carnglaze slate! During the Second World War,
the main cavern was used for storing rum for the Royal Navy, thus its name...
The Rum Store!
Due to the unique acoustics of the main
underground cavern, the "Rum Store" is also a very popular venue for a complete
range of musical concerts and events. See the PhotoFile Cornwall
Rum Store web
page. For more information about the old Slate Mine
- or Slate Quarry - see the
The main caverns site is down in the Deep Dark
Woods, just off
the road up to St.Neot...
The way to the Caverns
...and the entrance to the
underground Slate Quarry (not usually called a mine!)
An old Slate Quarryman (or Slate Miner?) at
Carnglaze Slate Worker
Underground in the old workings...
The rough drilled and hewn slate
walls and ceiling of the Caverns
Going even further down inside the
old slate workings
The slate quarry workings - the
(water seepage has formed large pools at the bottom of the workings that also
provide very fresh water)
The Boat on the Lake
(the deep lake in the depths of the earth - under Cornwall!)
Look carefully while you are underground, and
you may just see the ghosts of Quarrymen Past...
The ghostly forms of men and boys
from Slate Workers
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