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12 July 2011

Hayle Harbour South Quay


Hayle Harbour Slipways - Archaeological Investigation

At the behest of English Heritage, ING has appointed Northamptonshire Archaeology to undertake some further investigations of South Quay to determine the state of the slipways and the associated harbour walls.

The archaeologist in charge is Tim Upson-Smith and they have been working all week with the help of George Brighton and his digger to cut a number of trenches.

The 1880 OS map shown above shows the Carnsew creek in blue and the original slipway in green.
The 1907 OS map shows the addition of a second slipway (orange).
This photograph shows the second slipway with a wooden revetment and the original granite harbour wall removed.
This shows, highlighted in yellow, the infill covering both slipways and the dock.
English Heritage would like to see the infill removed and the dock and slipways restored. This puts pressure on ING's plans for development of South Quay since it reduces the area that can be built on.
The main trench leading to the harbour wall.
The original harbour wall - in good repair.
The top of the original slipway showing a wooden surface.
The edge of Carnsew dock as it enters the Jewsons' property
To the left is the exit from Carnsew Sluice and to the right is Carnsew Dock. The wall is in good condition.
Looking south with the sluice on the right and Carnsew Dock to the left and straight ahead.
Hayle Harbour Workshops

There have now been three 'Workshops' run by Cornwall Council with the intention of looking at key issues in the redesign of the Supermarket application by ING RED for South Quay. The workshops have been attended by planning officers, English Heritage, Historic Environment, councillors and ING and their historic consultant and architects.

ING is trying extremely hard to accommodate a wide range of constituencies. They are trying to meet the needs of harbour users, restore sluicing, and improve Foundry Square and Isis Garden. It is now unlikely that a cinema will be built on South Quay but ING is promising one on North Quay instead.

A difficult issue, that seems non-negotiable as far as English Heritage is concerned, is the need to remove the infill dumped into the Carnsew channel. This reduces development land for ING but would be a major gain from a heritage viewpoint.

Click here for some interesting photographs and historical maps of the South Quay produced by Nick Cahill of Cornwall Council Historic Environment.

Last modified: 10 July 2011