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Kerrier District Council
North coast of mid-west Cornwall, three miles north of Camborne.
Main period of industrial settlement growth:
18th century 1910
Study Area:
SW 65 45
Main industry:
Port associated with mining

Industrial history and significance

Portreath was above all a mineral harbour. Its industrial significance is thus bound up with this link to the local copper mines, at first around Scorrier, and later Camborne. As part of the earliest phase of the development of railways, and the parallel development of railways and port development, and through its connections with some of the great Cornish industrialists (the Basset, Fox, and Williams families), Portreath occupies a key place in Cornish industrial history. It also played a role in providing a holiday base for the working populations of the Camborne-Redruth mining districts in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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 Portreath Report including the core text and the six illustrative map figures
 Title Description Format Size
CISI Portreath report Report text. Format type: PDF


Figure 1 Location map Format type: PDF 492kb
Figure 2 Historical development map Format type: PDF 559kb
Figure 3 Surviving historical components map Format type: PDF 559kb
Figure 4 Gazetteer sites, existing designations and recommendations map Format type: PDF 467kb
Figure 4a " Format type: PDF 548kb
Figure 4b " Format type: PDF 528kb

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