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Council: Kerrier District Council
Location: North coast of mid-west Cornwall, three miles north of Camborne.
Main period of industrial settlement growth: 18th century – 1910
Study Area: Camborne-Redruth
NGR: 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
|CISI Portreath report||Report text.||
|Figure 1||Location map||492kb|
|Figure 2||Historical development map||559kb|
|Figure 3||Surviving historical components map||559kb|
|Figure 4||Gazetteer sites, existing designations and recommendations map||467kb|