Gwannap Pit Cornish Mining

John Williams - The King of Gwennap

Born in 1753, John Williams was a mine owner, smelter, landowner and the first of the real entrepreneurs. He was known as ‘The King of Gwennap,’ perhaps not surprisingly for he had an economic hold over most families in Gwennap Parish. He became a Methodist and is believed to have built Wheal Rose Chapel, where he worshipped. By purchasing the Manor of Tolcarne, he became the owner of Gwennap Pit. He died in 1841 at Calstock, where he was then residing.

Gwennap Pit is a member of the Cornish Mining Attractions Marketing Association (CMAMA), a body that works with the World Heritage Site to tell the story of Cornish mining. Gwennap Pit also tells some of the story of Cornish Methodism and its links with mining. CMAMA’s members includes old mines,  museums and country estates. All the attractiions invite you to ‘Discover the Extraordinary.’