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Black and white challenge, Allihies copper mines

Allihies copper mines Irish Landscapes : Nigel Borrington

Allihies copper mines
Irish Landscapes : Nigel Borrington

I have been Tagged by Sharon Walters Knight in , Macomb, Illinois on Facebook to take part in a Black and White photo challenge.

I took a good look at some some black and white Landscapes and wanted to post these two images of the Allihies copper mines on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland.

Allihies is just about as remote a place as they come in Ireland !!…

These two black and white images show just one of the pump houses, I think there are about 6 of them still standing around the small village. It was In 1812 when life in Allihies changed utterly as a rich copper deposit was discovered in the area and the biggest copper mining enterprise in Ireland was established by the Puxley family .

The steam engine and pump house took water out from the mine shafts and both lowered the miners into and out of the mines some 250 feet below the hill sides. Its hard to imagine now the life these miners had , many did not live that long doing this work.

The Landscape around the mines is just wonderful with mountains facing the coastline of west cork, again its hard to image how the noise and smell of these pump houses change this location and the site of hundreds of miners returning home after a days work must have been something to see, they shared small homes and mostly 20 of them shared the same small house.

Allihies copper mines in black and white .


3 responses

  1. These shots are simply lovely, Nigel! My favourite has to be your feature shot. You’ve captured so many features of this pump house. It is gorgeous!

    December 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    • Hello Reese 🙂 🙂

      Thank you , I just love getting these pictures so thats great to know that you liked them 🙂 🙂

      December 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm

  2. Hi Nigel. That’s some beautiful photos in BW ❤ 🙂
    The link; Bing Maps doesn't work. I found this instead:
    All the best,

    December 2, 2014 at 10:29 pm

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