New Quay - A Lost Tamar Valley Port
New Quay was formerly an important copper, tin and later arsenic port serving the local mines including the George and Charlotte Mine, Bedford Consolidated Mine and Gawton Arsenic Mine.
Since July 2006 New Quay is within the World Heritage Site that is the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape.
The village was abandoned in the early 20th century and became very overgrown with quite large trees. I first visited New Quay shortly before the Mine Tramway was constructed along the river side pathway from Morwellham Quay in the late 1970s.
It was very difficult to make out most of the structures and I did not take any photographs.
During 1984 / 1985 the vegetation was cleared to reveal the quite substantial quay and building remains, I paid a visit again in October 1985 to photograph the site.
As yet I have not returned but reports indicate that in 2008 work was begun to halt New Quay's further decay: many of the buildings being stabilised and repaired and much of the undergrowth was cut back.