Is Cornwall's oldest mine in Perranporth

Is Cornwall's oldest mine in Perranporth

By: Karin Easton
Added: 02 October 2018

Visitors to Perranporth are largely unaware that the massive rock arches of Droskyn that flank the beach and feature ubiquitously on postcards and publicity material are not natural formations but instead the inner workings of ancient and historic mines exposed by increasing coastal erosion. Located at the western end of Droskyn, just below the crest of the cliff and skirted by the Southwest coast path, is a group of shallow mining galleries with distinctive low, rounded profiles and tool marks covering their surfaces. Based on these features, expert opinion now suggests the site is an exceptional survival of mining using the pre-industrial technique of fire-setting. Even the name of the site is shrouded in antiquity and the project has adopted Vugh an Vlounder, one of several variations.

Perranzabuloe Museum and its partners at Exeter University are applying for Heritage Lottery Funding to research the site and they seek contributions from interested donors to show support and help with match funding. 

Donations can be made by BACS to Perranzabuloe Museum Trust (sort code 30-98-76, account 01380427 – please mark for V&V project). The Museum will maintain a register of donors so that recognition can be given during and after the project. The project also welcomes letters of support from those with interests in mining and mining heritage. 

Contacts for further information: Dr Gill Juleff, University of Exeter (;

Karin Easton (

Further information about the background to the project can be seen at

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