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Carnglaze Caverns
(Underground Slate Mine ~ usually referred to as a Quarry!)

In 2013, the underground Carnglaze Caverns were granted the status of
World Heritage Site

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 Carnglaze Caverns website.

The main caverns site is down in the Deep Dark Woods, just off the road up to St.Neot...

Carnglaze
Carnglaze

The way to the Caverns
The way to the Caverns

The entrance to Carnglaze Caverns
...and the entrance to the underground Slate Quarry (not usually called a mine!)

An old Slate Quarryman (or Slate Miner?) at work underground...

Carnglaze Slate Worker
Carnglaze Slate Worker

Underground in the old workings...

The rough drilled and hewn slate walls and ceiling of the Caverns
The rough drilled and hewn slate walls and ceiling of the Caverns

Inside the old slate workings
Going even further down inside the old slate workings

The slate quarry workings in Carnglaze
The slate quarry workings - the Slate Face!
(water seepage has formed large pools at the bottom of the workings that also provide very fresh water)

The Boat on the Lake
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 Slate Workers past...
The ghostly forms of men and boys from Slate Workers past...

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