William Cookworthy (1705-1780) - discovered china clay at Tregonning Hill - Breage and 1st in UK to discover how to make porcelain

John Harvey (1730-1803) - founder of Harvey and Co; builders of the Cornish beam engine.

William Murdoch (1754-1839) - inventor of the oscillating cylinder steam engine and built a prototype steam locomotive in 1784

Arthur Woolfe (1766-1837) - invented the high pressure compound steam engine.

Richard Trevithick (1771-1833) -developed the first high-pressure steam engine and, in 1804, built the first full-scale working railway steam locomotive. 

Henry Trengrouse (1772-1854) - born in Helston, inventor of the ‘Rocket’ life-saving apparatus in 1808.

William Bickford (1774–1834) - inventor of the safety fuse for use in mines.

Joseph Treffry (1782-1850) - mining engineer and mine owner, built Par Harbour,  Treffry Tramways and Treffrey Viaduct.




Holman Brothers Ltd. - (1801-1968)

Hayle Railway - 1837, incorporated into West Cornwall Railway - 1846, incrporated into  GWR - 1866

Helston Railway - 1887