This statue of Richard Trevithick is outside
Camborne Library, facing up Camborne (Beacon) Hill.
There is also a memorial plaque at the bottom of Tehidy Road,
Camborne, which has the following dedication.

" In memory of Richard Trevithick. To commemorate the site where the
first locomotive engine was assembled by him and from where it was started on its highly successful
run to Beacon Hill, Christmas Eve, 1801"

More on the Trevithick story


I have left Brian's text (above) as he wrote it. But it is generally agreed nowadays that the site of the first famous test run was not up Beacon Hill (Camborne Hill in the famous song) I can't be certain what Brian believed but here is an edited extract from a current BBC web page:

"Embarrassing confusion over the scene of the world's first-ever car journey has been sorted out, 200 years after it took place.
Richard Trevithick's invention failed to reach the summit of a hill at Camborne in 1801.
The journey has become legendary in Cornwall, thanks to one of the county's best-loved songs, "Camborne Hill."
But no such place appears on maps - and when a re-enactment was staged in April, many spectators stood on the wrong hill.
They stood by the engineer's statue in Camborne, expecting to see a replica steam car climb Beacon Hill.
But the original route - between Camborne and Beacon - ran along modern-day Fore Street and Tehidy Road.
The Trevithick Society pressed the town council to end the confusion for tourists who have heard the much-loved song, "Going up Camborne Hill, going down" and it has now put up two signs marking the route of the epic journey.

Going up Camborne Hill, coming down
Going up Camborne Hill, coming down
The horses stood still;
The wheels went around;
Going up Camborne Hill coming down

White stockings, white stockings she wore
White stockings, white stockings she wore
White stockings she wore:
The same as before;
Going up Camborne Hill coming down

I knowed her old father old man
I knowed her old father old man
I knowed her old man:
He played in the band;
Going up Camborne Hill coming down

I had her, I had her, I did
I had her, I had her, I did
I had her, I did:
It cost me a quid;
Going up Camborne Hill coming down

He heaved in the coal - the steam
He heaved in the coal, in the steam
He heaved in the coal:
The steam hit the beam
Going up Camborne Hill coming down

Going up Camborne Hill, coming down
Going up Camborne Hill, coming down
The horses stood still;
The wheels went around;
Going up Camborne Hill coming down