Trevithick Society

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Trevithick Society
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Laxey Valley Gardens Snaefell Mine Waterwheel (50.5 feet) to pump water from the mine. Preserved by the Trevithick Society when the mine closed; it has since been returned to the site.
CoordinatesCoordinates: 50°12′49.14″N 5°18′4.5″W / 50.2136500°N 5.301250°W / 50.2136500; -5.301250
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Philip Hosken
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Kenn Shearer
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Sheila Saunders
WebsiteTrevithick Society
Formerly called
Cornish Engines Preservation Committee

The Trevithick Society is a registered charity named for Richard Trevithick, a Cornish engineer who contributed to the use of high pressure steam engines for transportation and mining applications.


In 1935 the Cornish Engines Preservation Committee (CEPC) was formed to rescue the Levant winding engine which was deemed outdated and scheduled to be scrapped. CEPC were forerunners in the field of Industrial Archaeology. They acquired another winding engine and two pumping engines. CEPC merged with the newly formed Cornish Waterwheel Preservation Society in 1971 and named the organisation the Trevithick Society after Richard Trevithick.[1]

Chapel Coombe[edit]

At Chapel Coombe a set of old Cornish stamps has been re-erected by the Trevithick Society.[2]

Dolcoath pumping engine[edit]

Dolcoath was the largest and deepest mine in Cornwall, with its principal shaft, known as New Sump Shaft, eventually reaching a depth of 3,300 feet (1,000 m) below the surface.[3] The pumping engine that worked this shaft dated from 1815; a piece of the cast iron bob from this engine is preserved in the collection of the Trevithick Society.[4]


Although founded in Cornwall, members are located across England and the world. An annual celebration is held to celebrate Richard Trevithick's life in Cornwall at Camborne.[5]

Membership is offered to students, individuals and corporations domestically and internationally. Members receive the quarterly newsletter. All members, except students who receive a discounted membership fee, receive the annual journal. Members may attend Cornish Engines (free), Geevor Tin Mine (free), lectures, activities and the Society's annual meeting.[6]

Journal of the Trevithick Society[edit]

The organisation produces the Journal of the Trevithick Society[7] annually and a newsletter quarterly. The purpose of the journal is: "For the study of history of industry and technology in Cornwall."[6][8]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Trevithick Society. Open Lectures and Talks. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  2. ^ Todd, A. C. & Laws, Peter (1972) The Industrial Archaeology of Cornwall. Newton Abbot: David & Charles; p. 221.
  3. ^ Morrison, T. A. (1983). Cornwall's Central Mines: The Southern District 1810–1895. Penzance: Alison Hodge. p.52. ISBN 0-906720-11-7.
  4. ^ "Perran foundry beam". The Trevithick Society. Archived from the original on 11 August 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
  5. ^ Richard Trevithick, Inventor of the Locomotive. Dartford Technology. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  6. ^ a b Membership. Trevithick Society. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  7. ^ Trevithick Society. The Journal of the Trevithick Society, Issues 6–10. Trevithick Society, 1978.
  8. ^ Trevithick Society. Archived 2 January 2013 at Cornish Miner – Books on Cornwall. Retrieved 22 September 2012.

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