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Much of the Tamar Valley in West Devon was once home to a thriving mining industry. This industry needed a transport system, and a number of small quays were built along the River Tamar to ship out the mined material. One such example is the restored Morwellham Quay, now an open-air museum and visitor centre.
Copper ore taken from the nearby George and Charlotte mine, first worked in the 1700s, was shipped from here. This small mine has many features characteristic of the other mines found throughout the Tamar Valley, but here you can actually journey underground and experience something of the working conditions of the miners during the 19th century.