History of Coniston Copper

The Coniston Copper project took place in landscapes that are steeped in history. This section of the Lake District National Park Authority website will help you to find out more.

Whether you want to know about the geology of this special place, how the copper-mining industry developed, or about the miners and their families who earned their livelihoods from it, this is where you can come to find out more.

If you would like to dig down into the history of Coniston Copper, please visit the pages below for further details.

Geology, rock and minerals

Find out how Coniston copper formed amongst a cradle of volcanic fury, millions of years ago on the edges of a lost ocean.

Geology, rock and minerals

Mining and processing the ore

Discover how the copper ores were won out of the rock, how it was processed and then taken away to be smelted.

Mining and processing the ore

Making mining happen

Who kept the miners operating? Who supplied the miners? Who took the ores from the mines to the smelters? Who was paying for all of this?

Making mining happen

Miners and the mining community

Meet the mine owners and some of the people who actually worked in these mines. Meet their families, and other characters who appear among the history of copper-mining at Coniston.

Miners and the mining community

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