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Liskeard

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Liskeard is a large country town noteworthy for its cattle fairs, held on the second Monday in each month. Though Liskeard is not a holiday resort, many motorists and others passing through are tempted by its attractive appearance to interrupt their journey; and the town is the centre for several interesting short excursions. Five miles to the north is Caradon Hill (1,213 ft.) the site of the formerly prolific South Caradon copper mine and of the far-famed Cheese-wring and the Hurlers. Near Liskeard also are two of the best known of the Cornish Holy Wells—St. Keyne and St. Cleer. The latter stands well up on the Cornish moors. 

A comparison between these moors and Dartmoor may cause a smile, but there is a good deal of similarity, and the bracing crispness of Caradon air deserves to be as highly esteemed as that of Princetown. Liskeard itself is several hundred feet above sea-level, and is noted for its bracing air. From the Castle Park (475 ft. high) extensive views may be obtained.

The Church (open daily) is very fine and the second largest in the county. The granite tower, 85 feet in height, was completed in 1903. There are eight bells, dating from 1735 to 1819. The pulpit, a good piece of carving, bears the date 1636. 

Liskeard flourished as a result of its mineral wealth (tin, copper and granite). It was one of the five original Stannary towns. The copper ore came from the Caradon mines and the granite from the Cheese-wring quarry. Last century a canal linked Liskeard with Looe on the coast, but by 1859 the railway had taken over. This line is still open. 

   

 

       

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