Newquay Huer’s Hut to be repaired

October 08th, 2014

No matter whether you visit in summer months or you enjoy October breaks in Cornwall if you are near Newquay then you’ll no doubt have visited the famous landmark of Huer’s Hut. This popular attraction is set to receive restoration works that will start later in the autumn.

Cornwall Council said it had been awarded with over £30,000 in grants to facilitate “essential works to be carried out” on the Grade II-listed Huer’s Hut situated on the Towan headland.

The historic hut originally dates from the 19th Century, when Newquay was still a village and involved in the pilchard industry that thrived in the local region at that time.

It’s been anticipated that the restoration period will take four weeks to complete, the council said.

It is the responsibility of the council to ensure the well-keeping of this attraction as it has a long-term lease on the building, and therefore is responsible for its repair and maintenance.

Huts of this kind provided shelter for lookouts, known as huers, who drew attention to fishermen of the passing pilchard shoals so they could capture their haul.

Although the current building dated back to the mid-19th Century, recognised history of the site casts further back to the 14th Century and it may have been a hermitage, the council said.