Treffry Viaduct Appeal

Cornwall Heritage Trust has launched an appeal to save the magnificent Treffry Viaduct towering so majestically over the beautiful Luxulyan Valley Country Park. Not only is it a very beautiful landmark, but those who are familiar with this wonderful imposing feat of Cornish engineering will understand why it is so important to save a quintessential part of our great industrial heritage. The work needed to save the viaduct is estimated to be in excess of £2m and so we are urgently appealing for donations to our Treffry Viaduct Repair Fund. A large part of the magical appeal of the Luxulyan Valley has always been the water running in the leat system, once used to power the tramway and machinery on the Fowey Consols copper mine. Nowadays the water still serves a useful purpose, and is sent in a pipeline down the hillside to a hydro-electric generator at Ponts Mill. The magnificent ten-arched Treffry Viaduct, opened in 1842 and now owned by Cornwall Heritage Trust, forms the centrepiece of the leat system. However, a recent survey revealed a new and very large leak from the base of the viaduct posing a serious risk to the footings of the masonry. Other water leaks have caused significant erosion of mortar from the masonry joints as well as encouraging vegetation to take root, causing still further damage to the joints and mortar. If we do not act quickly, the footings will be destroyed, ultimately leading to the collapse of the viaduct. The viaduct is a masterpiece of 19th century Cornish engineering, having been built to carry both a horse-drawn tramway across the valley and...