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Caradon District Council
Main period of  industrial  settlement growth: 1845 1908
Study Area: Caradon/Liskeard
NGR: SX 28084 72087 (centre)
Main industry: Services for miners and quarry workers

Industrial history and significance

There was no settlement at Upton Cross until the mines and quarries began operating on the moor above. Unlike many of the other small settlements in the area the main reason for the evolution of Upton Cross was not simply to supply accommodation for the workers but to provide valuable public and ecclesiastical services for all the newly developed and expanded neighbouring villages. The traditional elements of a village the school, church, chapel and shop were all there, but were specifically sited on the main road to serve the needs of a scattered and often peripatetic population. The importance of the village to its neighbouring settlements is best illustrated by the size of the school. It is clear that a school built to accommodate over four hundred pupils was intended to provide for the needs of a catchment area far wider than the confines of the village. The nearest mine to the village lay to the south in Marke Valley and undoubtedly most of the cottages in the village would have provided accommodation for the miners.


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


Figure 1 Location map Format type: PDF 470kb
Figure 2 Historical development map Format type: PDF 391kb
Figure 3 Surviving historical components map Format type: PDF 386kb
Figure 4 Gazetteer sites, existing designations and recommendations map Format type: PDF 450kb

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