Cambourne

Cambourne

The population of cambourne is 21,000 according to the 2011 census.

Cambourne was one of the richest tin mining areas in the world and is home to the cambourne school of mines.

The Cornish translation is Kammbronn meaning crooked hill.

Cambourne is in the western area of the largest industrial area of Cornwall.

The first mention of cambourne in medieval times was 1181. In 1931 the only roman villa in Cornwall was discovered near cambourne. By 1708 cambourne had rights to hold markets and 3 fairs a year.

Mining was first recorded in the 1400s and its first chapel was built 1806.

Cambourne is best known as the centre of Cornwall’s tin and copper mining industry. At its peak in the 18th century cambourne 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 Cambourne.

Cambourne 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.

Cambourne show started in 1941 with the first show in 1942 – raising money for the Red cross in the war – it had many years at cambourne 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.

Cambourne provides an excellent base for your Cornwall family holiday with historic tin mines and additional beauty spots and heritage.

Some attractions around cambourne.

  • Tehidy country park
  • King Edward mine museum
  • Carn brea
  • The great Flat Lode Trail
  • Carwynnen quoit.