Luxulyan Museum and Heritage Centre

For such a small place (pop. 1200), Luxulyan has a powerful claim on the visitor. It lies in the path of the old Saints' Way between Padstow and Fowey. Its church register goes back to 1593, its granite quarries supplied the stone for Wellington's memorial, and all around it is evidence of the earliest impact of the Industrial Revolution - most strikingly, Treffry's famous viaduct over the great valley nearby.
Small wonder that, 20 years ago, villagers formed a local research group whose work gained national visibility and focus with the conversion of part of the old BridgesMethodist Chapel into a museum and heritage centre.

Here, where a centuries old agrarian economy met I the new industrial age head-on, there is a fascinating social record of change - spiced with reminders that, 4,000 years before the mines and trains came, the first Luxulyanites had lived by I hunting. A huge stone axe-head, found in the village, goes back at least to 2,000 BC.
Other displays - as of granite quarrying tools, remind the visitor that some traditional local industries have survived through social and industrial upheaval.
This is Cornwall in microcosm: an archive of centuries fostered by local enthusiasts, constantly augmented and brought alive in winter by a programme of lectures, and in summer by tutored walks through some of the most beautiful and historic non-coastal scenery in Cornwall.


Follow the A390 from St Austell as far as St Blazey. Take the road signposted to Luxulyan on the left. The village is approximately four miles along this road. The Museum is in Bridges Methodist Chapel, which is on the left when entering the village.

The Museum is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 2pm and 5pm throughout the School Summer Holidays only. Visits can be arranged at other times by contacting the number below.

Toilets are available, and there is some parking adjacent to the Chapel. When full, visitors should park in the road opposite the School.

c/o 13 Pembroke Close,
The Mount,
Tel: 01726 813522


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