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 so 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. This could construct vessels up to 4000 tons.
The great boom in Cornish Mining brought great wealth to the Harvey’s and the town. During 1875 after a long dispute Harvey’s purchased the Cornish Copper Company. However soon after the turn of the century the foundry closed.
Notable achievements of the foundry include the first Cornish Boiler used at sea. Also the construction of the first Steam Locomotive to be built and designed in Cornwall.
Other engineering accomplishments happened over the years were 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 during 1864 after his death.
There is still much to be seen around Hayle today, it’s so worth a look around. The images on this page were taken in 2011/12 so it may have changed around there now.
The next set of images are of The Granary Store (or Barn). Harvey’s used to use hundreds of horses for goods transportation and the moving of heavy machinery. With its graceful arches and multiple entrances perhaps this is where the animals were housed.
The next set of images are of the Foundry “Pattern Shop” . Like most the other building on the site the roof had long gone. However once again I believe there are plans to renovate and use the building once more.
The rest of the images on this page were taken along the South Quay. Known as Harvey’s Wharf as the Harvey Foundry was responsible for its construction in the early C19th. In recent years there has been an Asda Superstore built on the site which has changed the historically important area dramatically.
The remaining area of the South Quay is now a carpark with the remainder scheduled for building. I was shocked at the changes I saw, the images below were taken in 2011/12.
The remaining images on this page were taken as I walked along Harvery’s Wharf. Sadly there is an Asda superstore in the way now.