The population of camborne is 21,000 according to the 2011 census.
Camborne was one of the richest tin mining areas in the world and is home to the camborne school of mines.
The Cornish translation is Kammbronn meaning crooked hill.
Camborne is in the western area of the largest industrial area of Cornwall.
The first mention of camborne in medieval times was 1181. In 1931 the only roman villa in Cornwall was discovered near camborne. By 1708 camborne had rights to hold markets and 3 fairs a year.
Mining was first recorded in the 1400s and its first chapel was built 1806.
Camborne is best known as the centre of Cornwall’s tin and copper mining industry. At its peak in the 18th century camborne was the richest mining area in the world.
Camborne school of mines was founded 1888, where courses on earth’s natural, resources and environmental and earth sciences are held – it also has a museum of geology.
Cornwall’s deepest mine is in Camborne.
Camborne town centre is packed with local businesses.
During the 19th century mining grew rapidly in Cornwall, by 1862 there were 340.
The “queen of mines “DOLCOATH” went deeper than any before 3300 ft. with dozens of miles underground.
Camborne show started in 1941 with the first show in 1942 – raising money for the Red cross in the war – it had many years at camborne recreational ground and now a new home at Gwealavellian farm
The town’s most famous son Richard Trevithick invented a steam engine – his statue stands outside the library.
Camborne provides an excellent base for your Cornwall family holiday with historic tin mines and additional beauty spots and heritage.
Some attractions around camborne.
- Tehidy country park
- King Edward mine museum
- Carn brea
- The great Flat Lode Trail
- Carwynnen quoit.