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Kerrier District Council
Location: Mid-south Cornwall coast, south of Helston
Main period of industrial settlement growth:
Study Area: Tregonning to Porkellis
SW 6326
Main industry:
Mining and china clay

Industrial history and significance

During the 19th century, with the construction of a harbour to serve local mines, Porthleven grew from a small fishing village into a thriving industrial port exporting copper ore, tin and china clay. Local mining peaked in the 1870s, after which the harbour went into decline and is today only used by a small fishing fleet and a few pleasure boats. Though now largely a dormitory town for Helston, Porthleven retains many buildings relating to its industrial past, with a good collection of 19th century terraced houses, and religious, educational, and municipal buildings.


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


Figure 1 Location map Format type: PDF 2655kb
Figure 2 Historical development map Format type: PDF 2917kb
Figure 3 Surviving historical components map Format type: PDF 2940kb
Figure 4 Gazetteer sites, existing designations and recommendations map Format type: PDF 5408kb

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Last Updated: 17/08/2005. © Cornwall County Council, Historic Environment Service.