Helston’s Kennels

The Kennels, or open water channels, flowing along the sides of many of Helston’s streets are part of an extensive system bringing stream water through the town.

Mostly constructed in the 1800’s these granite faced water courses are one of the most extensive town leat systems in the UK.

Water is diverted from the River Cober several miles upstream using skills first employed by tin miners who worked the area around Wendron for centuries.

Likely constructed as a source of motive power for industries such as brewing and shoe making in the town, as well as a means of bringing clean water for animals and street washing, these channels are an attractive feature and much-loved by Helstonians.

Helston's Granite Kennels
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