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Levant Mine Counted Cross Stitch Kit

Levant Mine Counted Cross Stitch Kit
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Design area approximately 32 x 25 cm.
Stitched on 14 count Zweigart aida.
Kit includes aida, chart, stranded cotton, thread organiser, gold plated needle and instructions.
 
The BBC's Poldark location managers couldn’t resist the rich mining heritage of the stretch of west Cornwall coast linking Botallack and Levant. Cameras rolled with Levant Mine playing the role of the fictional Tressiders Rolling Mill while Owles and Crowns near Botallack starred as Ross Poldark's Wheal Leisure.
 
'If there is one Cornish Mine which, above all others, exemplifies the colour and romance, the tragedy and achievement of the county’s most ancient industry, that one must surely be Levant.
For Levant possesses virtually every attribute a great mine should have and many features that are quite unique. Its aspect at surface is spectacular and dramatic in the highest degree. The engine house clings to the top of precipitous cliffs just six miles north of Lands End, their eyeless windows gazing out over the ever restless, often storm lashed, Atlantic Ocean. The scene thus presented has wild elemental beauty symbolising man's struggle against the obdurate forces of nature.
This is impressive enough but when the beholder learns something about the underground layout of this truly marvellous mine then his wonder must surely grow into awe. For the principal workings of Levant lie not under the dry land but deep below the ocean floor extending more than a mile beyond those grim inhospitable cliffs. Out there with the great Atlantic surges rolling above their heads the "old men" drove their levels in search of precious tin and copper, sinking two submarine shafts each fitted with a winding engine to assist their efforts and tramming the stuff so won back to the cliffside Skip Shaft with the aid of pit ponies and even at one period a steam locomotive. To complete this catalogue of wonders there was the fantastic Man Engine, invented in the 1840s for bringing to grass without the weary labour of ladder climbing but retained at Levant long after it had been superseded elsewhere, a living museum piece, until that frightful day in 1919 when the weird contraption broke hurling 31 men to their deaths and injuring many more.'

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