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Carrick District Council
Location: Mid-west Cornwall, 6 miles South of Newquay, 9 miles north of Truro
Main period of industrial settlement growth: 1810-1830; but especially 1840-1860
Study Area:
St Agnes
NGR: SW 82865 56358 (centre)

Main industry:
Lead mine

Industrial history and significance

Newlyn East is a recognisable type in Cornish industrial settlement morphology – a medieval churchtown expanded by the demands of local industry. Because it was, unusually for Cornwall, associated with lead and silver rather than tin and copper (or china clay), and the main period of growth in Newlyn East was concentrated between 1840 and 1870, more like the date range of east Cornwall than the rest of west Cornwall, it is an interesting contrast with most of the county’s other industrial churchtowns – more detailed study could contrast the relative periods of growth and decline and range of social and economic functions – there may be only a superficial similarity. Without the wealth and employment opportunities generated by East Wheal Rose the settlement would have remained a small rural churchtown – a service centre for the needs of the surrounding farms. The chapels, working men’s club, pubs, cottage rows, and past proliferation of shops are classic features of a Cornish industrial settlement. Even the mid-nineteenth century school was partially funded by the mine’s charity.


The downloads offered below represent the different elements of the CISI Newlyn East Report including the core text and the six illustrative map figures
 Title Description Format Size
CISI Newlyn East report Report text. Format type: PDF


Figure 1 Location map Format type: PDF 323kb
Figure 2 Historical development map Format type: PDF 255kb
Figure 3 Surviving historical components map Format type: PDF 243b
Figure 4 Gazetteer sites, existing designations and recommendations map Format type: PDF 300kb

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Last Updated: 16/12/2004. © Cornwall County Council, Historic Environment Service.