This was taken from Widegates, a couple of miles north of the south-east coast of Cornwall, and looks north towards Caradon Hill, with the TV transmitter tower. This is rich farmland, but at Caradon Hill, everything changes and it becomes the Caradon Mining Area. This extends onto Bodmin Moor, which can just be seen to the left of Caradon Hill.
This was a boom area for copper mining in the second half of the 19th century, and several of the villages that can be seen were built then in order to provide housing for the miners and their families. The mining boom mostly came to an end by the late 1800s, although several mines struggled on for a few more years.
More information can be found at: www.cornishmining.org.uk/areas/caradon-mining-district