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In 1758 the Cornish Copper Company set up a copper smelter at Ventonleague on the southern shore of the Phillack Estuary . The company had moved here from Carn Entral, Camborne, as the cost of transporting coal inland was proving prohibitive. The estuary at this point was very shallow, however, and in order to bring vessels right up to the works a canal was dug from the mouth of Penpol Creek up to Ventonleague. By the 1780s the company had become very successful, despite the opposition of the Welsh smelters; additional land was purchased on both sides of the Creek, and two quays, (North Quay and Carnsew Quay) had been acquired by 1789.
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