A view of the Polkanuggo Quarry 1902 showing workers sitting on a granite block weighing an estimated 2,738 tons. It was claimed to be the largest single block ever quarried.
Cornwall’s industrial past (and present) is etched into the landscapes around Mabe. During the 1880s over 70 graite quarries pockmarked the Penryn area, with 10 ton blocks sent to be used as breakwaters, as well as more auspicious uses such as the Richard Couer Lion monument plinth outside Parliament, and the Duke of Wellington monument plinth in Reading. Many London kerbstones are made from Mabe’s granite, as are London and Waterloo bridges. Even Carlo Alberto’s statue in Turin stands proudly on a Mabe plinth!
Closer to home you’ll notice loads of granite all around Cornish Vistas; it makes up all our boundry walling, and is what’s been used to make the original parts of the Pigsty and Little Avalon (hence the thick walls). If you’re in Little Avalon, take a look at the fireplace and image how heavy the three stones are that make up the sides and the lintel!