Although tourism has taken over the town’s economy, Fowey remains a working harbour and still exports 1.2 million tonnes of china clay per year. In addition, at least 40% of all South West cargo passes through it.
In the days when waterways were the main thoroughfares of life, Pont Quay was an important river quay serving a wide area of scattered farms and hamlets. Sailing barges came up on a rising tide to unload coal, fertiliser, limestone, timber and roadstone and to load fresh produce from the farms of Lanteglos parish.
A1 Complete Builders recently undertook repairs to this Quay, Instructed by the National Trust and supervised by J.L.A Structural Engineers.
A large type French drain was installed connecting to ten flap valves releasing the water from above or on spring tide when the water comes up and over.
Also various parts of the Quay wall itself had failed and fallen away which had to be rebuilt in a local stone to match using Lime mortar.
Duration of time on site: 6 weeks