Photographs taken 2005
Kennall Vale is very similar to Golitha Falls Nature Reserve. The site is managed by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and is a wooded valley through which the River Kennall flows, and on its banks in the woods lie the remains of old industrial workings. Not a mine in this case, but a Gunpowder Works that made gunpowder - black powder - for the Cornish Mining industry. The works were at their peak during the 19th century but demand lessened with the invention of dynamite and "safer" explosives in the 1880s. Kennall Vale Gunpowder Works finally closed soon after 1900. It was not an entirely safe place to work - in 1838 a massive explosion destroyed several buildings. Amazingly, only one man died.