It is with sadness that the World Heritage Site team learnt of the recent death of Ken Brown, an expert on the Cornish type beam engine whose research over the years has done much to interpret the design and importance of this industrial icon of Cornwall.
Ken was a gentleman, always approachable and more than ready to share his extensive knowledge with those interested in the subject. Ken is perhaps best known to the public through his series of popular walking volumes ‘Exploring Cornish Mines’, co-authored with Bob Acton and published between 1994 and 2001.
Aged 91, it is understood Ken passed away on 4th January at his care home following a stroke suffered before Christmas.
Ken kindly lent his support to the World Heritage Site bid in the early 2000s through making available his extensive lists of engine house sites and engine sales, and his knowledge will be much missed.
Ken Brown at Michell's (or North) Whim, East Pool Mine
(Photo by Vince Bevan)