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Kerrier District Council
Mid-west Cornwall north of Carn Brea, in the Redruth-Camborne conurbation.
Main period of industrial settlement growth:
1830-80;1900-08; 1920s
Study Area:
SW 6540
Main industry:
Copper and tin mining/ engineering/ fuseworks and other ancillary manufacturing

Industrial history and significance

·         Tuckingmill, at the heart of the principal Cornish industrial zone, is one of the best places in Cornwall to get a feel for the incorporation of industry within the urban environment– there are few better places where the visible remains of a whole range of industries can be discerned from the earliest times right through to the 1990s.

·         It contained within its boundaries some of the greatest of all Cornish mines (including Dolcoath) as well as the last surviving (South Crofty), and the Red River Valley was a dense network of mills, tin streaming, tailings works and arsenic works.

·         It was served by one of the earlier and more successful mineral railways in Britain.

·         More than this, Tuckingmill was the site of major manufacturing complexes of some of the best known companies in Cornwall – Bickford-Smith, Vivians, Bartles, Holmans, Bennets, the Climax Rock Drill company; exceptionally important groups of buildings relating to these still survive.

·         As a settlement, although it never grew to rival Camborne or Redruth, it contains within a small area one of the most representative collections of buildings and structures across a wide date range, set in a unique townscape preserving much of its pre-industrial topography.

This settlement forms part of the proposed Cornwall & west Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site Bid, and is considered an important part of the context for the Bid.


The downloads offered below represent the different elements of the CISI Tuckingmill - Roskear Report including the core text and the seven illustrative map figures
 Title Description Format Size
CISI Tuckingmill - Roskear report Report text. Format type: PDF


Figure 1 Location map Format type: PDF 822kb
Figure 2 Historical development map Format type: PDF 1037kb
Figure 3 Surviving historic components map Format type: PDF 1037kb
Figure 4 Gazetteer sites, existing designations and recommendations map Format type: PDF 1087kb
Figure 4a " Format type: PDF 710kb
Figure 4b " Format type: PDF 656kb
Figure 4c " Format type: PDF 721kb

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Last Updated: 08/01/2004. © Cornwall County Council, Historic Environment Service.