Dramatically perched above the Atlantic Ocean on Crowns Rocks, Botallack is one of Cornwall’s most painted and photographed mine sites. It is, in fact, an ancient group of mines, formerly worked for tin, copper, arsenic and a few other rare minerals. The BBC television series Poldark was filmed partly in Botallack.
The small historic village of Botallack, in Cornish, Bostalek, now a haven for visitors enjoying the beauty of West Penwith, was once part of Cornwall's thriving mining industry. The Botallack former tin mines, are low down the cliffs north of Botallack.
Botallack mine date from the early eighteenth century. In 1721 and is the result of an amalgamation of several other small more ancient mines. includes the former Wheal Cock, Crowns and Carnyorth Mines as well as Parknoweth.There has been a mine in this area for at least 400 years.
Built during the 1860s at the height of the Cornish mining boom, the Count House at Botallack stands on the cliffs near the Crowns Mine. It was the hub of the day-to-day running of the mine and also where the miners collected their pay.