Cornwall Industrial Settlements Initiative
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Council: Caradon District Council
Location: South-east Cornwall, 3 miles north of Liskeard
Main period of industrial settlement growth:
Study Area: Minions Mining Area
NGR: SX 2630 6930
Existing Conservation Area?:
Main industry: Accommodation for miners and quarry workers

Industrial history and significance

Originally a small rural settlement focusing on the seventeenth century Crow’s Nest Inn, the village first began to develop in response to early stream working along the valley of the River Seaton. By the mid-nineteenth century, however, the effects of industry undoubtedly began to shape the village and resulted in the building of cottage rows, the chapel, the saw pit and the straightening of the river. Crow’s Nest provided a sheltered but convenient environment for the industrial workers and its location must have been considered superior to some of its neighbouring villages for it would appear two mine managers chose to live here. Unlike typical agrarian settlements the industrial expansion led to a blurring of the edges between villages. It could be argued that West Darite Terrace is a part of the village of Darite, whereas West Darite and Rosebank are connected to Crow’s Nest.


The downloads offered below represent the different elements of the CISI Crow's Nest Report including the core text and the four illustrative map figures
 Title Description Format Size
CISI Crow's Nest  report Report text. Format type: PDF


Figure 1 Location map Format type: PDF 194kb
Figure 2 Historical development map Format type: PDF 167kb
Figure 3 Surviving historical components map Format type: PDF 162kb
Figure 4 Gazetteer sites, existing designations and recommendations map Format type: PDF 203kb

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Last Updated: 16/12/2004. © Cornwall County Council, Historic Environment Service.