This restored mine captain’s cottage is part of the Paxton Square complex of 33 cottages built between 1849 and 1852 around a central common, as accommodation for the growing number of miners coming to the area to support the Monster Mine.
Malowen Lowarth means hollyhock garden in Cornish. Gardens were important to the miners not only as a source of fruit and vegetables but also giving a touch of colour to their drab and harsh existence.
The cottage is one of the eight sites in the care of the Burra National Trust. You can visit at set times and have a guided tour or visit at leisure using the Burra Heritage Passport which gives visitors access to eight locked sites, available seven days a week from the Burra Visitor Centre.