Welcome to the Industrial Heritage Network CORNWALL & DEVON (IHNCD) page!
Our inaugural meeting will take place at the King Edward Mine Museum on the 28th March – we’re almost full so do get in touch if you’re interested in joining us!
The doorway to Dartmoor’s industrial past. Enter Finch Foundry to experience the sights, sounds and smells of three thundering water wheels powering massive hammers, shears and sharpening stone. These wheels fuelled one of the South West’s most successful edge tool factories which, at its peak, produced around 400 edge tools a day. Get an insight into the life of workers in the 19th century and learn about the enterprising Finch family.
Discover Hayle’s mighty industrial past and rich social history in a family-friendly environment just a stone’s throw from the celebrated ‘Three Miles of Golden Sands.’ Our free-entry Heritage Centre is housed within the Grade II* listed former offices of Harvey & Co, the nineteenth-century engineering powerhouse famous for production of the Cornish Beam Engine. The Centre’s new and updated exhibition tells the story of Hayle’s industrial, maritime and social history from prehistory to the present day. We have a fantastic, committed group of volunteers of all ages and are always looking for new people to get involved in our work.
King Edward Mine, a grade 2* listed structure situated on the Cornish Great Flat Load, was established in 1897 as a training centre for student mining engineers from the Camborne School of Mines. Our site includes many artefacts of mining and Cornish engineering history and a mill with mineral separation plant much of which is truly unique, and continues to be operated for visitors. It was saved from extinction by the charitable trust which now runs it. There are many structures related to mining on the 22 acre site and numerous trails for further exploration of local mining history.
“One of the best places in Britain for afternoon tea” – The Sunday Times. Set beside the River Otter in one of Devon’s most beautiful coastal valleys, a warm welcome awaits you at Otterton Mill – the place in Devon to experience the ancient traditions of flour milling, bread baking and much more. The idyllic setting of our historic working watermill and the stunning surrounding countryside attracts visitors year round from all over the world. They come to enjoy our mill, bakery, cafe-restaurant, local food shop, gift and craft shop, art gallery, live music, and other events.