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Council: Caradon District Council
Location: East Cornwall, on the south coast 7 miles south of Liskeard
Main period of industrial settlement growth: 1848-1885
Study Area: Looe
NGR: SX 2553
Main industry: Port
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
|CISI Looe report||Report text.||
|Figure 1||Location map||721kb|
|Figure 2||Historical development map||967kb|
|Figure 3||Surviving historical components map||891kb|
|Figure 4||Gazetteer sites, existing designations and recommendations map||1017kb|
|Figure 5||Buried archaeological potential map||849kb|