Former Devon and Cornwall industrial sites 'at risk'

Carlyon Farm clay drying works
Image caption English Heritage says clay drying works at Carlyon Farm are under threat

A former Cornwall mining site is among 47 historical sites in the South West claimed to be at risk.

English Heritage says overgrown vegetation is damaging Carlyon Farm clay drying works at Treverbyn.

The kiln has not been used for more than 50 years, with overgrown vegetation causing serious damage.

It says other sites have been saved by being converted into modern industrial units while protecting their architecture.

It cites the clay dries at Wenford near St Breward which could be turned into flats and work units and Robinsons Shaft mining complex in Cornwall which is being converted into a heritage centre.

Andrew Vines, English Heritage planning director in the South West, said: "Britain led the way in global industrialisation and as a result we are custodians of the world's most important industrial heritage.

"It is, however, one of the elements of our heritage most at risk."

English Heritage sites "at risk":


  • Warehouse (formerly listed as office), Perran Foundry, Perran Wharf, Mylor
  • Engineers Shop, Perran Foundry, Perran Wharf, Mylor
  • Dry sand and green sand shop, Perran Foundry, Perran Wharf, Mylor
  • New Pattern Shop, Perran Foundry, Perran Wharf, Mylor
  • Pump Engine House at Robinson's Shaft, South Crofty Mine, Station Road, Pool, Carn Brea
  • Boiler House to Robinson's Shaft at South Crofty Mine, Station Road, Pool, Carn Brea
  • Compressor House and associated buildings at Robinson's Shaft, South Crofty Mine, Station Road, Pool, Carn Brea
  • Carpenters' shop, workshops and forge at Robinson's Shaft, South Crofty, Station Road, Pool, Carn Brea
  • Gunpowder works at Kennall Vale, St Gluvias, Cornwall
  • Okeltor 19th Century arsenic, copper and tin mine, Calstock, Cornwall
  • South Caradon 19th Century copper mine, St Cleer, Cornwall
  • Medieval and post-medieval tin and copper mines with medieval field system on the middle and lower northern slopes of Caradon Hill, Linkinhorn, Cornwall
  • The Tolgus arsenic works 80m south east of East Tolgus House, Redruth, Cornwall
  • Wheal Kitty 20th Century tin processing works, St Agnes
  • Tamar Canal, Gunnislake, Calstock, Cornwall


  • Richmond Dock, Appledore, Torridge
  • Gawton Mine Complex, Gulworthy, West Devon
  • An enclosed stone hut circle settlement and later tin working earthworks, 540m south east of Down Tor, Walkhampton, Scheduled Monument, West Devon
  • Ringleshutes tinwork, Holne, Scheduled Monument, Dartmoor
  • A prehistoric settlement complex, length of reave, tin streamwork and stamping mill on the western slopes of Cosdon Hill, South Tawton, West Devon
  • Granite quarry on East Sidelands, Lundy, Torridge, Devon
  • Hallsannery limekiln, Torridge, Devon
  • Gawton arsenic mine and flue, Gulworthy, West Devon


  • South Smithery, South Yard, HM Naval Base, Plymouth

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