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Caradon District Council
Main period of  industrial  settlement growth: 1841-1880
Study Area: Caradon/Liskeard
NGR: SX 25429 68593 (centre)
Main industry: Accommodation for miners and quarry workers.

Industrial history and significance

Without the industrial expansion on the moors to the north it is highly unlikely that Tremar Coombe would have evolved as a settlement. The vast bulk of the village dates from the mid-nineteenth century when the mine at South Caradon was employing over six hundred workers and other mines in the area, including nearby Wheal Agar, also required a workforce. Tremar Coombe was effectively a dormitory settlement for the mines, providing a more sheltered and hospitable environment to live in than the bleak exposed moorland above. It would have played a significant role as a provider of accommodation. During the mid nineteenth century there were over seventy cottages in the village, and these could have housed more than two hundred workers for the neighbouring mines and quarries.


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


Figure 1 Location map Format type: PDF 209kb
Figure 2 Historical development map Format type: PDF 188kb
Figure 3 Surviving historical components map Format type: PDF 181kb
Figure 4 Gazetteer sites, existing designations and recommendations map Format type: PDF 218kb

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