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Camborne, in Cornish, Kammbronn, is renowned for its association with Cornish mining and engineering. During the mid 19th Century Camborne was at the heart of world copper production producing in excess of half of the world's copper.

Camborne is thought to derive from the Cornish words 'camm' meaning 'crooked' and 'bronn' meaning 'hill' therefore 'crooked hill'.

Richard Trevithick is Camborne's famous son. Born in 1771, inventor of the high pressure engine and the screw propellor, his steam pumps travelled as far afield as Peru, where they were used in the Peruvian mines.

A statue of Trevithick stands outside the public library and he is celebrated annually on the last Saturday in April on Trevithick Day For more events in Camborne click on our menu.

Today, reminders of Camborne's mining heritage can be seen in and around the town with imposing stone built engine houses a prominent feature of the landscape.

The Carn Brea Mining Society are an important organisation involved in the preservation of Cornwall's mining history and some of Cornwall's most impressive mine engine houses.

For more information about the Carn Brea Mining Society visit their website

The Carn Brea Mining Society also have some involvement with King Edward Mine at Troon near Camborne, with many of their members involved as volunteers at King Edward Mine.

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For those interested in ancient wells, the Holy Well of St Meriasek is located near Eastern Lane. The Saint from Brittany is believed to have built an oratory here and performed a number of miracles including curing lepers. He is still featured in the Miracle Plays.

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Camborne is a bustling town with a good shopping centre which includes a wide variety of high street names in addition to specialist shops. It has a commercial centre containing all the major banks and a Post Office.

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Camborne is located in the south west of Cornwall and is well signposted and easily accessible from the A30.

For rail passengers Camborne is accessible from London and the North with its station on Cornwall's main line.

The Bus/Coach station is situated in the town and is served by local buses in addition to national coaches from London, the Midlands and the North.

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