Hayle: Foundry Square

Although we live closer to the quaint former fishing harbour of St Ives, Hayle is our go to town for the supermarket, library, hairdresser etc. It is also known for its three miles of golden sands stretching from Hayle Towans to Godrevy along Black Cliffs, Mexico Towans, Upton Towans and Gwithian. I have written about the lovely George V Memorial walk and gardens many times (and during 2019 have published a monthly post about the flora growing during each month) and also photos of the beaches. I have not, however, shown much about the town itself so for the next few weeks I shall be posting photos from around the town.

Foundry Square

Foundry Square and its buildings marked the hub of the famous engineering firm Harvey & Co (1779) which once employed more than 1000 workers making Cornish Beam Engines for mines all over the world. All around the square are buildings related to the firm.  John Harvey & Co’s  Office and Counting House (John Harvey House) on the right has a clock tower that once displayed local and London times, a twenty minute difference. The foundry closed in 1903.

The building to the right of John Harvey House is White’s Warehouse, now home to an artisan jewellery studio and a bar and restaurant.

Lloyds Bank building was built in the 1850s and has served as the Market House, a cinema and store house. Workers for the foundry were paid in tokens which could only be spent in the Foundry Market and the Emporium nearby.

In 1838 Henry Harvey (son of John) built the impressive White Hart Hotel with its elaborate facade to provide more spacious accommodation for his growing business clientele. Beside is the original 1824 hotel built to provide a living to sister Jane Harvey Trevithick, wife of famous engineer, Richard Trevithick, who left her with no support to spend 10 years in South America. The building still stands next door and is the Freemason’s Hall.

On the opposite side of the road is the former Harvey & Co’s Emporium, the stately brick facade of the Cornubia Biscuit Factory (renamed Foundry House).

The Old Foundry Chapel is a warren of beautiful, quirky and interesting shops housed in the former Wesleyan Chapel built in 1845 for the Foundry workers with a schoolroom for their children.

All images were processed using Photoshop Elements and the Nik Collection ‘Silver Effex Pro 2′ and several different effects including ‘Wet Rocks’ and ‘Full Contrast and Structure’. Colour filters, mainly red and orange have also been applied to experiment with bringing out the colours and contrast of the bricks and stone.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #70 | Monochrome


  1. pattimoed says:

    Wonderful images, Jude. You should really consider exhibiting these in town. The architectural details are marvelous. I especially love your hotel shot, the emporium shot and the chapel.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Patti, they look quite different in colour!

  2. restlessjo says:

    Did somebody mention biscuits? 🙂 🙂 Works wonderfully in black & white, doesn’t it?

    1. Sue says:

      You never change do you, Jo!! 😊😊💕

      1. Heyjude says:

        Annoyingly Jo’s one of those women who can eat biscuits and cake without it showing. Mindst you

        1. Sue says:

          Well, she did tell me it wasn’t her but her husband who was the biscuit eater……

      2. Heyjude says:

        She never sits still!!

        1. Sue says:

          Nor did I, once upon a time, and I guess I still have the same brain activity!

      3. restlessjo says:

        Custard cream, Sue? 🙂 🙂

        1. Sue says:

          No thanks! 😊😊

    2. Heyjude says:

      I think so, the details stand out though that is a lovely building. I think the B&W process makes them look more like they were in the old photos.

  3. Sue says:

    An excellent set of images, Jude!

  4. beetleypete says:

    Despite being taken to the beach at Hayle almost every year of my childhood, I don’t recall ever going into the town itself.
    Thanks for showing it to me after all this time, Jude. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It would have looked different then with all the derelict buildings along the quays, though this part hasn’t changed. And if you stayed in one of the dune caravan sites you might not have even come into the Foundry end.

      1. beetleypete says:

        We were staying in Penryn with a relative, but my Dad liked to drive us to Hayle Sands. 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          He might have gone to Gwithian end then.

      2. beetleypete says:

        You card just arrived. Thanks, Jude, it’s great! 🙂

  5. penwithlit says:

    Very interesting. How can I reblog? George Aka Penwithlit

    1. Heyjude says:

      I can put the reblog button on temporarily, I removed it because some people reblog everything without asking. I’ll do that if you like.

  6. Colline says:

    Lovely photos of the town Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Colline, lucky I had just taken the photos for a post, seemed a good idea to convert them into B&W

  7. Tina Schell says:

    So much history Jude – lived the “tour”. I agree w Patti, you should display them in town!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    In black and white the current signs (like Surf Shop) look especially jarring and out of proportion.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There were a few things that I’d have liked to remove including modern cars and bollards. I’ll have to post some of these in colour and then you can see if it makes a difference.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        I would like to see the contrast.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’ll show them in colour at some point.

  9. pommepal says:

    So interesting and the monochrome affect puts them back into their era.

    1. Heyjude says:

      True as all the old photos were in black and white. Much busier then.

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