Treffry Viaduct and Luxulyan Valley project receives £3.6m National Lottery funding

Treffry Viaduct and Luxulyan Valley project receives £3.6m National Lottery funding

The Luxulyan Valley is set to benefit from a £3.6 million National Lottery funding injection to restore and conserve the Valley’s physical and natural environment for future generations to enjoy. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant was awarded to Cornwall Council, in partnership with Cornwall Heritage Trust after years of work to secure the funds. The Luxulyan Valley is widely acknowledged for the importance of its industrial heritage and is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, as designated by UNESCO. It contains a complex system of leats (artificial water courses) which delivered water essential for the efficient working of some of central Cornwall’s most important copper mines. Water from the Valley was also conveyed by leat to the copper ore and china clay shipping port at Charlestown, and via a purpose built canal to the mineral harbour at Par. The National Lottery funding will be used to restore the two leat systems within the Valley and also its ‘jewel in the crown’ – the spectacular Treffry Viaduct, built from 1839-1842. Cornwall Council will fund a separate hydro-electric turbine at Ponts Mill, reusing water from the restored leat systems. The electricity generated from the turbine will be sold to the national grid and fund the ongoing conservation of the Valley. The Viaduct is an imposing granite structure which carries the Carmears Leat and tramway high above the Valley floor. At 27 metres tall, over 200 metres long and with 10 equal span arches this all-granite structure is an amazing feat of engineering. It is the most spectacular surviving monument to the horse drawn tramway era, for which the...