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The Book of Hayle - Cyril Noall - 1984


During the 1830s, Mr Pascoe Grenfell of Penzance took over Harveys’ old Foundry smelter and ran it successfully for some years; the business was eventually acquired by a Mr Virgers of Bissoe.

In 1837 a new smelter was started by Williams & Harvey on land owned by Harvey & Co at Mellanear. The Harvey of this undertaking was Colin Harvey of St Day, a gentleman unrelated to the Harvey’s of Hayle.

In 1888 the firm of Williams & Harvey was reconstructed, Harvey & Co then acquiring an interest. A subsidiary, the Cowper Coles Zinc Extraction Co closed their Mellanear smelter in 1908 and withdrew from Cornwall, Harveys finally severing their connection with them in 1922.

Apart from the smelters in Hayle itself, there were two others in the vicinity, one at Angarrack, which operated from 1704 until 1881, and the other at Treloweth (Rose–an-Grouse) owned by L.C. & W. Daubuz, which ran from c1715 to 1883. The memory of the latter is preserved in the sign of the Lamb and Flag Inn, near St Erth Station, this device being its tin mark.