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This is the place to keep up to date with all the latest goings on in the Caradon Hill Area. There's a huge range of events taking place every month, from guided themed walks and school trips with local experts, to wildlife and monument conservation and community celebrations. There are also lots of opportunities to learn new skills and sign up as a volunteer.

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A Tudor Tin Mill, Lanyon, Madron Parish

A Tudor Tin Mill, Lanyon, Madron Parish

Cornwall Archaeological Society (open to all)

St Martins Church Hall (lower)

Church Street - Liskeard

04/11/2016

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Stuart Emmet and others

Categorised as a tye house where alluvial tin from the streams was washed and sorted by the tinners but not necessarily smelted, as no smelting evidence has yet been found. Interestingly we did find pottery evidence that now suggests they were using cream separation dishes to pan the finer tin. Recently we had one of these dishes made, using one of the pottery sherds to give us dimensions etc and we shall bring it along on the evening, along with some hand grinding stones which were found beneath the floor areas. We have definite documentary evidence for 1632, with another more general reference to the area in the late 1500s, though again it is interesting that at this time we have no stamping or crushing house remains, suggesting this was purely a streaming operation for alluvial tin. This area as a whole is still under excavation by us and is proving more revealing every day as to the process of the early tin washing process – it must be remembered that the only book with positive information and drawings anywhere is Agricolas De Re Metallica, one illustration in particular being of a perfect match to what we have uncovered, this assessment being supported by top archaeologists specialising in his field.

http://cornisharchaeology.org.uk/events/winter-lecture-series-liskeard-2/

St Cleer General Cemetery Scrub Bash

29th October

St Cleer General Cemetery, run by voluntary trustees and making no profit - Volunteers needed for clean up.
If you have a log burner and a saw let us know and you will be allocated an area of hazel at the right size for burning to cut down and take away. Come and help take out the self seeded saplings and ivy growing in the wrong places and destroying headstones. Help to clean the grass back from the path, there are jobs for all abilities and there will be a free BBQ at the end of the day as a thank you for your work.
Please let us know if you are coming so that we will have enough food for all: 

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Caradon Heritage Partnership AGM & Daniel Gumb talk

Thursday 17th November 2016, 7:30pm The Long Room, Public Hall, Liskeard - All Welcome

Opening Talk by Brian Oldham - "The Remarkable Daniel Gumb". 

The many visitors to Daniel Gumb's Cave below The Cheesewring could be excused for thinking he was a myth to attract tourists, but Brian Oldham will bring to light in an illustrated talk, examples of his work as a stonemason and cartographer, as well as other interesting facts about his life and family"

Festival of Archaeology & Cornwall Archaeological Society Cain & Barrow Workshop - Saturday 23rd July

 
Meet at 10am in Minions car park next to the Hurlers.

The Monument Watch programme works to monitor and record the state of Scheduled Monuments and other sites of historic interest in Cornwall. The procedure for assessing and recording monuments has been agreed with professional archaeologists from Cornwall Council and Historic England. At least one practical training session is provided each year for those members taking part.

The morning session this year breaks from the usual practice of an indoor workshop and instead takes us out onto the moors with Dr Andy Jones to look at the range of barrow types in the vicinity of Minions village, Stowe’s Hill and Craddock Moor.

After a break for lunch we will stay in the Minions area and practice condition surveys across a range of sites but focussing on some of the barrows we visited in the morning.

Stout footwear and waterproofs are recommended for this event; please bear in mind there is likely to be boggy and uneven ground underfoot.

Please bring a packed lunch.

This event is aimed primarily at those CAS members who are involved with, or are interested in participating in, the Monument Watch programme.

Finds & Document Roadshow, Launceston Priory 30th July

The Launceston Priory Festival of Archaeology day is always a good day out for the whole family, but this year it's got better! Bring along your historical documents, postcards, photos and any finds you may have and our experts will tell you all about them! Oh and its FREE! http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2363

Tinners and Tors': the annual excursion to Dartmoor

Sunday 12 June: Meet at High Down moorland car park SX526854 (up gated lane beside Dartmoor Inn nr. Lydford) at 10:00. A chance to visit one of the more remote Dartmoor mines and some of the impressive tin-streaming works of Doe Tor Brook. Although a small concern, Rattlebrook Mine has the usual remains and features associated with tin-mining on Dartmoor. There will be moorland terrain to negotiate, some of it possibly wet, although much of it consists of tracks; some height gain involved! The walk will be approximately 6-7 miles. Please dress appropriately for moor-walking and the weather conditions; bring a packed lunch and drink. Finish about 4:30. Open to all, but no dogs, sorry!

Picturing the Mines

1st June - Liskerret Centre - 11am  - 7pm , Varley Lane, Liskeard, PL14 4AP

Celebrating TENTH - the10th anniversary of the listing of Cornish Mining landscapes as a World Heritage Site.

Artists Bernard Irwin & Jesse Leroy Smith continue their tour, imaginatively mapping the mining heritage of Cornwall and Devon, with this high energy and inventive one day event.

The dynamic team of artists including Matthew Benington, book conservators PZ Conservation, mining historian Iain Rowe, volunteers, enthusiasts of all things mining and you the public will create a collaborative artwork depicting the mining landscapes of Liskeard and beyond . With Caradon Hill once producing vast reserves of copper the story of boom and bust will be explored on large scale floor map resembling a volcanic explosion of wealth.  Come and help the artists and discover new ways to picture the mines anew.

A time lapse film will document it exploding and turning to ash. 

Bring along any photos, maps or stories if you can.

Films, Soundscapes, Art: A social hub to share stories and visions. Past, Present, Future.

Visit their blog for the full picture.

 https://picturingthemines.wordpress.com Bring

 

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Free, all ages welcome; Drop in anytime, Cafe open till 4pm 

http://www.liskerrett.co.uk/cafe/

10th Anniversary of the World Heritage Site for Cornish Mining The Man Engine comes to Liskeard & Minions, Tuesday 26th July

Walk – Tuesday 26th July: Meet 10am by the Fountain, on the Parade, Liskeard for a 4 mile (hilly & possibly muddy) walk tracing a section of the former Liskeard & Caradon Railway, now part of the World Heritage Site, and visiting Moorswater, once the industrial hub of the Caradon Mining District. Sturdy footwear and suitable clothing a necessity. The walk will be back in Liskeard in time to meet the Man Engine.  Sorry, no dogs on this walk

Walk – Tuesday 26th July: Meet in The Hurlers Car Park, Minions at 1.30pm to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape becoming a World Heritage Site, Brian Oldham, of Liskeard Walkers are Welcome, will lead a 5.5 mile circular walk visiting ten of the many mining sites around Caradon and Stowe's Hills which enjoy this special worldwide recognition, returning in time to greet the colossal Man Engine on its tour of Cornwall between 4.30 and 5.00pm. Footwear and clothing suitable for the moorland section is essential. Sorry, no dogs on this walk. 

Event – Tuesday 26th July 4:30pm onwards, Minions Village Centre programme centred  on the arrival and transformation of the 40 ft Man Engine on its journey through Cornwall. The Man Engine will be spending the night at Minions arriving at approximately 5pm. Kevin at the Post Office will be running a bar-b-que and Gary at the Cheesewring Hotel and Tony at the Hurlers Halt café will also be open to provide food and drink.

The programme of entertainment will include performances by: 

Con Brio who will sing a variety of songs including those with a Cornish Mining and History theme

Canoryon Lowen will provide excerpts from the Nick Hart production “The Story of Cornwall”

Phoenix 100 walks & talks with Liskeard Lions Carnival

Walk – Monday 27th June  Meet at the Station Car Park, Minions at 2pm when Dr Colin French will lead another of his popular Botanic walks “The wild flowers of Minions and its mining landscape”. Sorry no dogs on this walk 

Talk -  Monday 27th June 7.30 Upton Cross Hall As a result of conversations with residents past and present of the Minions area, Brian Oldham has expanded his recently well received talk "Memories and Sketches of a 20th Century Caradon Miner" to include even more memories of the area.  

Walk – Tuesday 28th June, Meet in The Hurlers Car Park, Minions at 11.00am: Brian Oldham, of Liskeard's Walkers are Welcome, will lead a 6.5 mile circular walk, bring a snack, or stock up in the local shop, as it could last around 4 hours. A shorter route of 4 miles will also be available. The full route will take in all 10 magnificent Boundary Stones and 2 Boundary Rocks that mark the unenclosed sector of the ancient Duchy Manor of Rillaton, carved from granite in 1846, all within our very own World Heritage Site. Footwear and clothing suitable for moorland walking is essential. Sorry no dogs on this walk

Talk – Thursday 30th June 7.30pm in the Long Room, Liskeard Public Hall, West St Liskeard.  “Caradon Mines and Miners” - a look with Iain Rowe at the long history of mining on and around Caradon Hill and the impact the C19th Copper Bonanza had on Liskeard and the settlements closest to the mines. 

Walk – Friday 1st July Meet outside Liskeard Museum, Pike St, Liskeard PL14 3JE at 7.30pm  Geology Walk around Liskeard.  Tea and biscuits will be served in the Museum on your return, with a special chance to look at the exhibitions.

Coombe Junction Jaunt - Saturday 14th May 2016

Assemble at Liskeard Station (Looe platform) 10.00 for 10.15 

The curious railway line from Liskeard Station to Looe via Coombe Junction is 115 years old this year. The link line that starts its journey facing north east at Liskeard to turn through 180 degrees to head south west to Coombe Junction, before continuing south to Looe was opened on 15th May 1901. To the design of talented local engineer, Joseph Thomas, this joined the Liskeard and Caradon railway (opened 1846), which continued down to Looe in 1860, with the Great Western main line, which had opened in 1859. Thus, for the first time in more that forty years, rail passengers were able to transfer at Liskeard between the main line and the branch to Looe. 

In recent years, the small station at the bottom of the 2 mile incline, Coombe Junction Halt, has been served by just two trains a day, each way, and has frequently languished in the bottom 5 stations in the country, in terms of passenger numbers. Most recently, just 26 passengers used the station in the last year. 

On Saturday 14th May, we plan to celebrate the 115th anniversary of the link line opening and, at the same time, offer the rare opportunity to catch a train from one of Britain's least used stations. We will meet at the Looe line platform at Liskeard station for the short (0.8 mile) amble down hill to Coombe Junction. There we will catch one of the few trains that call there, at 10.52, for the 2 mile ride back up the circuitous link line to our starting point. 

The cost of the train journey will be be just £2.30 (or £1.50 if you are carrying a Railcard). You will have the rare opportunity to have a ticket from Coombe Junction (a collector's item!). And, if there are enough of us, we might be able to lift this little station out of its position at the bottom of the league table! 

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