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Name: LOOE
Caradon District Council
East Cornwall, on the south coast 7 miles south of Liskeard
Main period of industrial settlement growth:
Study Area:
SX 2553
Main industry:

Industrial history and significance

         Significant as a medieval port, specialising in deep sea and foreign trade and fishing.

         Its industrial phase was brief (effectively from 1840 to 1880).

         Unlike more purely industrial ports, it never either developed significant industry on its own account, nor became solely reliant on ore/mineral trades.

         The 19th century development of tourism and the continuing increase of the fishing industry in the 20th century effectively countered any hardship and loss experienced as the industrial trade declined.

         A vital part of the spectacular boom in the Caradon mining and granite industries, Looe was linked to them by canal and railway developments of significance in the wider industrial context.

         The significance of the industrial period to the present character and appearance of Looe cannot be too highly stressed - despite its medieval history, most of what is emblematic of Looe dates from the mid-late 19th century (the bridge, the quays, the harbour-side and major public buildings, the seafront).

Exceptionally important survival of the medieval plan forms of the medieval boroughs (and evidence of their shifting sites and morphology); the numbers of late medieval, 16th and 17th century buildings still standing is unusual in Cornish urban context.


The downloads offered below represent the different elements of the CISI Looe Report including the core text and the fourteen illustrative map figures
 Title Description Format Size
CISI Looe report Report text. Format type: PDF


Figure 1 Location map Format type: PDF 721kb
Figure 2 Historical development map Format type: PDF 967kb
Figure 2a " Format type: PDF 673kb
Figure 3 Surviving historical components map Format type: PDF 891kb
Figure 3a " Format type: PDF 612kb
Figure 4 Gazetteer sites, existing designations and recommendations map Format type: PDF 1017kb
Figure 4a " Format type: PDF 722kb
Figure 4b " Format type: PDF 799kb
Figure 4c " Format type: PDF 721kb
Figure 5 Buried archaeological potential map Format type: PDF 849kb

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Last Updated: 08/01/2004. © Cornwall County Council, Historic Environment Service.