The opportunity to give a talk at the Old Cornwall Society at Par has been an excuse to go exploring maps. An excuse to poke around the wonderful resources of the Scottish Library and Ordnance Survey websites to find traces of William West in and around Saint Blazey,
Ordnance Survey 2016
Contains OS data © Crown copyright published under OGL
OS 1884 (survey 1881)
Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.
Tredenham House, West’s gas works, West’s Foundry, West’s Hammer Mills and Elmsleigh House
This small section of map contain’s the center of West’s business empire, and his own private properties. The foundry is today a builder’s merchant.
Fowey Consols was the site of West’s most famous steam engine engine, Austin’s. It was here that he first installed his new design of man engine,
Par Consol’s was where West erected Cornwall’s first steam capstan.
Over the next set of posts this blog will be telling some of the tales behind these maps,the and wandering further afield exploring some events in William West’s life. So if you wish to learn more about the Last Great Cornish engineer, follow the blog.