Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

Brief description

Lots of sites make up this WHS, including ruined mines perched precariously on clifftops, and restored mine engines which give a hint of the industry which went on. In the early 19th century, the region produced 2/3 of the world’s supply of copper, and the miners also extracted tin.

We’ve visited a couple of times, this mine engine is near Redruth

Unesco WHS list ref: 1215

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City of Bath

Brief description

City founded by the Romans, at the centre is a spa, which in the 18th century developed into a highly fashionable place to visit – the roman pools becoming surrounded by elegant Georgian neoclassical Palladian buildings.

We’ve visited a couple of times – once by steam train to see their christmas market. I found their official plaque by the main Baths.

Unesco WHS list ref:428

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Derwent Valley Mills

Brief description

Evidence of industry in central England, this site contains a series of 18th- and 19th- century cotton mills. The modern factory owes its origins to the mills at Cromford, where Richard Arkwright’s inventions were first put into industrial-scale production. Another site where you can stay in a property managed by the Landmark Trust.

We’ve visited the area just once, wandered round Cromford mills and stopped off at Masson mill (below)

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Unesco WHS list ref: 1030

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Apologies for the terrible quality of these photos-  all the cards are bright and sharp – no blue tinge.

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Durham Castle and Cathedral

Brief description

Durham Cathedral was built in the late 11th and early 12th centuries to house the relics of St Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede. Beside it stands the castle: a solid Norman fortress. You get a wonderful view of both when heading north on the train on the East Coast mainline.

Unesco WHS list ref: 370

I’ve only visited once, a whistle stop walk to see the cathedral during the lunch break of a training course. Must go back and see it properly!

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Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications, Bermuda

Brief description

Founded in 1612, the site on the caribbean island of Bermuda, is an example of an early English urban settlement. The associated fortifications  illustrate the development of English military engineering from the 17th to the 20th century.

Unesco WHS list ref: 983

Never been!

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Ironbridge Gorge

Brief description

Famous as a symbol of the industrial revolution, this site includes the world’s first bridge constructed of iron (clue is in the title!!). You can stay in a house restored by the Landmark Trust overlooking the bridge.

Unesco WHS list ref: 371

I visited many times when I was young – I remember walking down a dark tunnel to see the Tar Pit – a curious pool of shiny black stuff coming out of the ground (much smaller relative of the huge La Brea pitch lake in Trinidad)

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Ironbridge – 4 (another bridge further down the valley)

Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City

Brief description

City on the northwest coast of England, on the banks of the river Mersey. The site comprises the city centre and docks, with many buildings which illustrate its mercantile past.

Unesco WHS list ref: 1150

We’ve passed through many times as you catch the ferry to the Isle of Man from the dockside, but it wasn’t until 2017 that I used the excuse of an event in the central library to travel up and spend a weekend there. Lots of amazing Grade I listed buildings, and a huge amount of work done developing the docks.

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