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Hayle is a town forged during the Industrial revolution by the growth of two great companies - at the eastern end of the town the famous Cornish Copper Company and in the west the innovative and pioneering iron foundry of Harvey and Company.
John Harvey founded the company in the 1790's and under his son Henry and subsequent generations of managers and engineers it grew into a world wide organisation producing mining equipment and most notably steam pumping engines.
Since 1986 a group of like minded people have campaigned to protect what is left of the buildings and structures associated with Harvey & Co. and to encourage a wider understanding of the heritage of the Company and the Town.
This website offers links to our many partners, describes the Trust and our work, and explains the history of the town and Harvey & Co. It also describes our ambitious plans for a heritage site here at the Foundry.
If you have any association with Harvey & Co or an interest in Hayle and its heritage we would be delighted to hear from you.
HARVEY'S FOUNDRY TRUST, John Harvey House, 24 Foundry Square, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HH
Registered in England No. 4764003
Registered Charity No. 1112920
12 February 2015. Today, Harvey’s Foundry Trust has been awarded £3.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to complete the 10-year regeneration of Hayle’s 18th-century Harvey’s Foundry.
This new £3.7million will enable the Trust to save the final buildings on the site, transforming two Grade II listed buildings into 18 high-quality office units with the capacity to create over 80 new jobs for the town.
Part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, Harvey’s Foundry was established in 1779 and for over 200 years was renowned for Cornish ingenuity and engineering excellence. During the Industrial Revolution, it powered heavy industries ranging from mining to ship-building. Unfortunately, as the Cornish mining industry collapsed the company went into decline. In the early 1900’s it was closed and the site was subsequently divided up and sold off. As the fortune of Hayle demised, so did the site with buildings being abandoned and subjected to arson attacks.
Today, the site has benefitted from a regeneration programme spanning 10 years that has seen it transformed into a vibrant hub housing 40 businesses creating over 150 local jobs. This HLF grant completes the funding package for this £4.7 million redevelopment that also has been received support from English Heritage, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Headley Trust.
For more information about Heritage Enterprise and to see a short film, visit www.hlf.org.ukFor more information on the project and the Trust, please call Laura Christon on 01736 757683.
The Trust is delighted to announce that it has secured an additional £75,000 of grant funding to go towards the Phase 3 project. We have received £50,000 from the Garfield Weston foundation and £25,000 from the Headley Trust, this money will go towards the capital cost of rebuilding the Pattern Store and Plantation.
On the 30th of August Hayle Heritage Centre will be opening to the public. Based at John Harvey House on Foundry Square, this centre gives residents and visitors a chance to learn about Hayle’s fascinating history.
As part of our grand opening we are running a number of free activities from storytelling sessions to a guided tour and kids craft afternoon.
For more information on the exciting activities planned check out our website at www.hayleheritagecentre.org.uk