The history of present-day Huelva cannot be understood without the arrival of British merchants in the last third of the 19th century, who exploited its rich mining reserves, especially in Minas de Riotinto and Nervous, They took millions of tons of wealth from the sub-land of Huelva and left their mark on the customs, the culture and, of course, its appearance. It is easy to follow in their footsteps. While the workers were local, their managers were always British citizens who brought their customs with them and created little bubbles to live in that reminded them of their longing for their land. His neighborhood in Huelva was part of the United Kingdom.
Although the most famous symbols are found in the capital, any passage through Huelva’s English heritage must begin as a reason for its presence in Minas de Riotinto. The Bellavista neighborhood retains all its splendor from the 19th century. It was also a residence for managers and for recreation. Between its perfectly aligned streets and its Victorian-style houses there is still the club where men of the time (you have to defy the restrictions of a time in the social role of women) enjoyed their billiards, their drinks and their gatherings. took. Spain has the oldest tennis courts, a cemetery from that time and a Presbyterian Church for British Services, The footprint is also noticeable in other buildings such as Nerva’s Mercantile Circle. Any walk through the area inevitably involves small. They are old mining operations that can be seen through the mining train. A beautiful attraction for all ages in which to take a second trip while searching the heart of the red earth for minerals.
The train reached Huelva to export the ore. The British built one of the first railway lines in Spain to connect Rio Tinto with the capital. to find his way small british style station As such transformed into a cultural space in Zalamia or such as in Valverde del Camino with a management house in a famous restaurant.
Rio Tinto Company Dock
The end of that journey awaited the great symbol of British heritage. Muel del Tinto, as it is popularly called by the people of Huelva, is actually the ore loading dock of the Rio Tinto company and is in Odial. The last section remains fully restored. It is a metal and wooden structure that extends a hundred meters above the estuary. His tour exemplifies one more time. from their Various heights you can see in front of Marismas del Odiele, the wetland which is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Towards the city, Nuevo Colombino reminds us of one of the great milestones of the British in Huelva: football. Recre plays there, the oldest club in Spain, founded by the English and with the greatest emotional legacy among the Huelva.
In fact the origin of Dean as he is known takes us to another essential point of this journey. Today’s Columbus House It is a public place where many cultural events are organized in the city. 150 years ago it was one of the most luxurious hotels in Europe. Recre was founded in 1889 in its chimney chamber. It was located on the large tree-lined avenue that connected the area of British urban expansion. Today it is called Almeida Sundheim because of one of those settlers. Its architecture combines British and local styles. A walk through its interior and gardens is a must.
The Almeida takes us on a leisurely walk to the last of the capital’s great English monuments. working neighborhood Takes us to any English mining town. Its Victorian style, with its colorful woods between its walls, might make us think we are in the north of the United Kingdom if it weren’t for the land’s distinctive lights.
But the city wants to value and recover other relics that time didn’t even notice. The English cemetery of Huelva keeps precious funeral monuments covered with weeds. The City Council negotiates with the Anglican Church to transfer it for restoration that would make it viewable. Port is also working in this direction Tharris Pier, which is located on the opposite bank of Rio Tinto. The ore reached its peak from the valleys in the west of the province.
The impression of the British not only marked the architecture. Even the current language or customs are very much for that time. like in Huelva expressions Take ‘Learn more from Bridgen’ or ‘Manguara’, Both words are local versions of the British. The first, for example, refers to Dr. Brian, a well-known mining company, who was a great local eminence at the time. The second term gives the name to a well-known Flemish conglomerate today and is nothing more than a local assimilation of the way the British called it brandy. Man water or water for men is our current manguara.