Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Angarrack Viaduct

Angarrack is a village in west Cornwall. It is situated in the parish of Gwinear-Gwithian two miles east of Hayle. Immediately south of the village Angarrack viaduct carries the Cornish mainlin railway over the Angarrack river, a tributary of the Hayle river. The name comes from An Garrek which means The Rock in the Cornish language.

Angarrack is situated in a narrow valley from which the Angarrack river flows befre joining the Hayle River at Loggans in a specially constructed culvert which prevents the valley flooding. However, in January 2003 the flooding was severe enough to be reported on the regional television programme Spotlight. Angarrack is shown on maps as far back as the sixteenth century. The village was formerly a centre of industry with a history of mining and quarrying. There were also four mills on the Angarrack river. One was at Trungle; one (Angarrack Mill) was at the far end of the village on the junction of Grist Lane formally known as ( the fields) and Steamer's Hill; one (Grist Mill) was situsted at the northern end of the village;and one (Loggans Mill) still stands beside the Angarrack River at the eastern end of Hayle.

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