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The MAN ENGINE is coming to HAYLE! | Foundry Square

Aug 4 , 2016 - Thu - 7:00 pm
Harveys Foundry
The Man Engine is coming to HAYLE!
Perhaps you have already heard about the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain?
This giant miner will be visiting Hayle on Thursday 4th August 2016   to celebrate the ‘tinth’ anniversary of the Cornish Mining Landscape World Heritage Site.  Harvey’s Foundry Trust is working in partnership with the Man Engine organisers Goldentree and Hayle Town Council to support the event in making it one to remember.
There is already considerable local and national media interest in the event and we hope you too will come to Hayle to meet the Man Engine on his epic journey.
There will be road closures in place on the day. Foundry Square from Chapel Terrace through to B3302 will be closed from 16:00 until 22:00.  Diversions will be put in place to provide alternative routes.
Please come along and join in the fun as it’s going to be a night to remember in Hayle, with The Man Engine Transformation at 7pm.  We do ask that you park sensibly or come by train or bus to save congestion.


Date 04/08/2016
Time 19:00

Foundry Square


Port of Hayle

Global mining port with natural wonders

Named after heyl, the Cornish word for estuary, this Area is dominated by water: rivers, pools, sluicing ponds, quays, wharves, and, of course, the sea. Huge sand dunes lie between the town and the beautiful St Ives Bay, with the dark hills of the West Penwith Moors looming to the west.

In the early 19th century, Hayle was the most important mining port and steam engine manufacturing centre in the world.

Two of the most important iron foundries in the Site were here – Harvey’s (1779-1903) and Copperhouse (1820-1869). A fierce and long-running rivalry grew between the competing foundries as they argued over access to the sea. This contributed to the development of Foundry and Copperhouse as individual settlements at either end of the town, located around the sites of the two companies. Harvey’s helped produce the largest steam pumping engines ever built anywhere and was the work place and meeting place of some of the most famous steam engine engineers including Richard Trevithick and Arthur Woolf.

Despite the decline of Hayle’s traditional industries, today’s lively communities buzz with the prospect of imminent regeneration. Here you’ll find plenty of signs of the town’s great past, along with beautiful beaches stretching out under vast skies.



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