Iconic Huer’s Hut in Newquay granted over £30,000 for repairs
Newquay tops the day-out lists of many visitors to our Perran View Holiday Park.
Although the famed surfing beaches claim much of the attention, the 14th century Huer’s Hut has been a popular point of interest with visitors on their cheap caravan holidays.
It’s this unique Newquay landmark that’s made the news this week, with confirmation that the building’s renovation project will begin shortly, after more than £30,000 received in grants.
If you’ve been lucky enough to visit Huer’s Hut on your cheap family holidays UK, you’ll know all about its rich history. But for those who haven’t, here you go...
The small, stone built Hut is perched on the Towan headland. Dating back to the 14th century, the Grade II* listed building is believed to be the oldest remaining building in Newquay and was once used as shelter for fisherman on the lookout for passing pilchard shoals.
Storm damage repairs have been made over the years, but it is now necessary to carry out more extensive work. Phillip Schofield has contributed £8,000, with a further £17,000 coming from the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) and £16,000 from 106 monies.
Cornwall Council, whose long term lease gives them responsibility over repair and maintenance, confirmed a contractor had been appointed to carry out the restoration.
Specific repairs include removing the loose lime wash, cement and inappropriate mortar from the stonework and repainting it with lime mortar; internal and external redecorating and fixing loose stones throughout the building.
Cornwall Councillor for Newquay, Geoff Brown, said: “After many months of negotiation I am delighted that we have now been able to achieve the total restoration of Newquay's iconic Huer’s Hut and at no cost to the local tax payer.”
“The refurbishment of this lime mortar constructed building should ensure its future for many years to come.”