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North Cornwall District Council
Location: North Cornwall, 19 m north of Bodmin, 4 m north west of Camelford and 1 mile west of Tintagel.
Main period of industrial settlement growth: Pre1809 to mid 19th century
Study Area:
North Cornwall
NGR: SX 05630 86830 (centre)

Main industry:
Slate quarries

Industrial history and significance

Treknow is one of a group of villages and hamlets along the north coast of Cornwall which have had a mixed agricultural and industrial history for many hundreds of years. For all that the industrial settlements associated with tin and copper are perhaps better known, Treknow is perhaps one of the oldest ‘industrial’ settlements that the CISI programme is likely to study, based mainly on slate quarrying - earlier even than 16th century Delabole, with some early metal mining. Quarrying had already created a sizeable place by 1809; indeed the physical structure of Treknow - its bowl-like formation, in parts literally carved out of the rock - could be the result of early slate excavations. It was in direct response to the needs of industrial workers in the expanding quarrying industry of the early 19th century that the rows of cottages in Treknow and Tregatta were constructed, not a new phenomenon, but more of the same storey already several centuries old. The use of slate throughout the settlements for roofs, chimneys, walls and paving, which contributes so greatly to their character, is further testimony to the dominant role of the local industry.


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


Figure 1 Location map Format type: PDF 428kb
Figure 2 Historical development map Format type: PDF 296kb
Figure 3 Surviving historical components map Format type: PDF 242kb
Figure 4 Gazetteer sites, existing designations and recommendations map Format type: PDF 270kb

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