Visit Camborne and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Camborne, Cornwall. Camborne and Redruth together comprise the largest sprawl of population in Cornwall: the centre of what was 100 years ago the world's most productive copper-mining area and one of its major sources of tin. In the 1850s two-thirds of the world's copper came from Cornwall. In 1856, the peak, 209,000 tons of copper ore were produced and fetched £2 million. Some of the mines were an amazing depth: the old Dolcoath Mine East of Camborne was, at 3,000 feet, in its day the deepest in the world. The industry's decline, mainly due to foreign competition, began in about 1866. In 1900 only 500 tons of copper were produced. Tin mining declined less swiftly, both World Wars bringing revival. But in 1969 there were just two mines operating in Cornwall: the South Crofty, South of the A30 about mid-way between Camborne and Redruth. and the Geevor mine at Boscaswell.
For anyone remotely interested in engineering, probably the most interesting things to see are National Trust preserved winding engine (1887) and pumping engine (1892) at Pool. Two-story brown-grey buildings predominate, but a surprisingly splendid eastern head to Camborne's main street is provided by the Centenary Wesleyan Church, and, near Pool, the Cornwall Technical College has some notable modern buildings designed by the County Architect, A. J. Groves.
Mining problems encouraged engineering invention. Richard Trevithick, who in 1801 completed the first steam vehicle to carry passengers, was born in Camborne in 1771 and there is a statue of him outside its Public Library.
Near Camborne was the most westerly Roman settlement so far discovered in England.
Nearby towns: Hayle, Helston, Redruth, St Agnes, St. Ives
Nearby villages: Breage, Budock Water, Carbis Bay, Carleen, Carnbrea, Chacewater, Constantine, Crowan, Falmouth, Germoe, Gulval, Gweek, Gwennap, Gwinear, Gwithian, Helford, Illogan, Leedstown, Lelant, Ludgvan, Manaccan, Marazion, Mawgan, Mawnan, Nancekuke, Penryn, Perranporth, Perranuthnoe, Perranwell, Perranzabuloe, Phillack, Pool, Porkellis, Porthleven, Portreath, Praze an Beeble, Scorrier, St. Anthony, St. Day, St. Erth, St. Hilary, St. Ives, St. Ives, Stithians, Towednack, Troon, Tuckingmill, Wendron, Zelah
Have you decided to visit Camborne or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Camborne bed and breakfast (a Camborne B&B or Camborne b and b)
- a Camborne guesthouse
- a Camborne hotel (or motel)
- a Camborne self-catering establishment, or
- other Camborne accommodation