Treffry Viaduct received a spring clean last week and it was no easy task! Standing at 90 feet high and 670 feet long the iconic aqueduct, which nestles in the beautiful Luxulyan Valley, was due to receive some attention last year however the routine maintenance was delayed due to the Coronavirus restrictions.
The viaduct is owned and maintained by Cornwall Heritage Trust and we carry out vegetation clearance using rope access every three years. Due t
o the size of this Scheduled Ancient Monument it requires expert attention which is provided by St Ives Steeplejacks who abseil from the tramway in order to work on the external walls on both sides of the structure.
Clearing the weeds and vegetation helps maintain the viaduct and avoid further deterioration to this iconic monument, which was built between 1839 and 1842 for Joseph Treffry. We are very grateful to the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust who helped to fund this important work.
Cornwall Heritage Trust has owned the viaduct since 1989 and it is freely accessible for everyone to visit all year round.
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