Jynjy, the Cornish name, for a mine building housing a steam engine. Many of these have survived in Cornwall and are often visible on the landscape, as in the Poldark series.
|Remnants of the mining industry|
that to this day dot the landscape
Richard Trevithick (1771 – 1822) was a British inventor and mining engineer from Cornwall, who pioneered the first high-pressure steam engine.
He was born at Tregajorran, between Camborne and Redruth, in the heart of one of the rich mineral mining inland areas of Cornwall. As a child he would watch steam engines pump water from the deep tin and copper mines … and was involved in the mining community with its inventors … his mining engineer father was highly respected – this benefitted the young enthusiastic Trevithick.
Trevithick became engineer at the Ding Dong Mine in 1797 … and while there he pioneered the use of high-pressure steam.
|Crown Mines - mining into the Atlantic Ocean|
Jynjys are still scattered across the Cornish landscape – reflecting its early mining history.
|The Cornish Short|
Story book published
Jacka’s Fight is a story by Winston Graham about his grandfather … I found it in a book of Cornish Short Stories (other well-known authors appearing are Daphne du Maurier, A L Rowse, Denys Val Baker).
|Towanroath Mining House,|
Wheal Coates at St Agnes
Jacka’s Fight is a light hearted tale of a devoutly excessively patriotic Cornish ex miner in the late 19th century, who was forced to leave his wife and six children, emigrated to California in search of his family’s fortune … it’s an interesting story, thankfully with what I would say is a very fortunate happy ending!
Graham lived at Perranporth, while he was working on the Poldark quartet … and he would have walked south along the northern coastal route to see this Jynjy.
That is J for Jynjy early Juggernauts of the Juddering Jangling working Jynjys and J for Jacka’s Fight: Winston Graham’s tale of escape from Poldark’s and other Jnyjys ... from Aspects of British Cornish …
PS ... I've no idea how you pronounce Jynjy ... (Jyn means engine) presumably the suffix 'jy' makes it into a building ... the mix of Cornish, Breton, Celtic and more ancient languages has just evolved ... If I find out more - I'll let you know later on ...
Also I've no idea how you pronounce it ... I'd say Gin Jay (I don't like gin!) and I'd add a bit of 'ch' too ...
Ding Dong Mine - I was going to write about mines - but I may get to bring the mine in via another route ... a bell Ding Donged the last shift at the mine from the Church in the nearby village, where my mother lived for a short time ...
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