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Freemasons' Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Hayle, Cornwall

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.1834 / 50°11'0"N

Longitude: -5.421 / 5°25'15"W

OS Eastings: 155875

OS Northings: 37085

OS Grid: SW558370

Mapcode National: GBR DXZ6.CP5

Mapcode Global: VH12M.ZNH9

Entry Name: Freemasons' Hall

Listing Date: 14 January 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1143683

English Heritage Legacy ID: 70196

Location: Hayle, Cornwall, TR27

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Hayle

Built-Up Area: Hayle

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Erth

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Listing Text

HAYLE FOUNDRY SQUARE (south side),
SW 5437-5537
Hayle
10/95 Nos 8 and 9 (Freemasons' Hall),
- once The White Hart Hotel

GV II
Former inn (the original White Hart Hotel), now a freemasons' hall. Built by
Henry Trevithick to support his sister Jane, wife of Richard Trevithick 1871-1833, the famous engineer. Rendered walls. Hipped, almost pyramidal,
grouted scantle slate. Chimneys over side walls removed in the C20.
Plan: Double depth plan with 2 equal reception rooms at the front flanking a
central entrance hall leading to a rear stair hall between 2 service rooms,
(possible remodelled in the C20). Later extensions behind.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Symmetrical 3 window north front with central doorway.
C20 door. Original hornless sashes. The window right of the doorway is a
complete 16-pane sash but the others have had their secondary glazing bars removed to leave 4-panes in each. Internal window shutters to ground floor
rooms.
Interior: not inspected.
This building has important historical interest. Jane Trevithick was the
hostess of the premises during Richard Trevithick's long period of absence
in South America, where he travelled initially to supervise the installation
of 9 of his engines in Peru. While he was in South America, engaged in many daring and some ill-fated ventures, Richard sent Jane no money, and when he returned to the port of Falmouth in October 1827 he had (accordingly to
Francis Trevithick) only the clothes he wore, a gold watch, a drawing compass,
a magnetic compass, and a pair of silver spurs.
The hotel is also an interesting relic of Hayle's prosperity. For the
ceremonial first opening of the sluices, to clear the sand from the river,
on 27 December, 1834, the occasion was celebrated by a breakfast at the White Hart for the mine adventures, customers and 4 captains who had been employed
in the work.
Interior: Not inspected.
Sources: John B. Carter, for the Trevithick Society ; Richard Trevithick by
James Hodge ; The Harveys of Hayle by Edmund Vale.


Listing NGR: SW5587537085

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