With an impressive industrial heritage Hayle was the home of two great companies.
In 1756 the Cornish Copper Company established a Tin and Copper smelter along with a quay in the harbour. It’s sad that many of the remains of this industry were demolished soon after the Second World War.
In 1779 John Harvey opened his foundry which in a few short years was one of the industrial centres of Cornwall. As well as making the massive engines used to drain the Cornish Mines there was a ship building operation which constructed vessels up to 4000 tons. The boom in Cornish Mining brought great wealth to the Harvey’s and Hayle, in 1875 after a long dispute Harvey’s purchased the Cornish Copper Company, however soon after the turn of the century the foundry closed. Other notable achievements of the foundry include; the first Cornish Boiler used at sea, the construction of the first Steam Locomotive to be built and designed in Cornwall. Other engineering accomplishments happened over the years too many to list, however, one of the most famous were the links created for the Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1831 and completed in 1864 after his death.
There is still much to be seen around Hayle today, it’s worth a look around.
For more information about Hayle and its history, follow the link: www.harveysfoundrytrust.org.uk