Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Twenty one smoking chimneys

This past Monday evening witnessed an extraordinary spectacle in west Cornwall - the sight of no less than 21 mining engine house chimneys pouring smoke! Unlike the engine houses in the Tamar Valley, many of which are lost to view in the woodland and dense undergrowth typical of this area, those "down west" are much more conspicuous. Hay was set alight in each of the selected sites at the same time and I understand that it was a remarkable occasion seeing the smoke pouring up into the clear blue sky from 21 chimneys simultaneously.

There are some evocative photos recording the event in today's Western Morning News. It would be nice to think that this happening could get repeated in the future.

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