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Carclaye, Cornwall

Historical Description

Carclaye, a range of moorish downs, 2 miles N of St Austell, in Cornwall. It has an altitude of 665 feet, and commands an extensive view. Its substance some way down from the surface is disintegrated schorlaceous granite, and deeper down comparatively compact granite. A tin mine, open to the day, has been worked in it from time immemorial, is now about a mile in circumference and fully 130 feet deep, and exhibits a striking contrast in the whiteness of its cliffs to the sombreness of the surrounding moor. Ancient implements, said to be Phoenician, have been found here.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5