In the second half of the 1700s two foundries were established on the estuary at Hayle – Copperhouse to the east and Harvey’s in the west. Their fierce rivalry led to some colourful skulduggery! However, the two companies provided the foundation for the emergence of Hayle as Cornwall’s premier industrial port and its growth as an engineering centre in the early 1800s.

A buzz of excitement in inter-war Foundry Square, Hayle. Note the absence of the St Piran’s flag

Population 1861: 5,000

Population 2011: 8,900

Planned population 2031: 13,400

A developer’s vision for Hayle’s North Quay