East and West Looe Cornwall Family History Guide

East and West Looe is an Ecclesiastical Parish and a market town in the county of Cornwall, created in 1845 from East Looe in St Martin by Looe Ancient Parish and West Looe in Talland Ancient Parish. 

Alternative names: East and West Looe, East Looe, Looe, Portbighan, Portbyan

Other places in the parish include: West Looe. 

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1709
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None - see St Martin by Looe

Nonconformists include: Bible Christian Methodist, Independent/Congregational, Protestant Dissenters, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

East Looe

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

LOOE (EAST), a small sea-port town and a chapelry in St. Martin's parish, Cornwall. The town stand's on the E side of the mouth of the river Looe, 9 miles SW by W of St. Germans r. station, and 8 S by E of Liskeard; was made a market-town so early as the time of Henry II.; sent 20 ships, with 315 seamen, to the siege of Calais, in the time of Edward III.; was then the only sea-port of any consequence in Cornwall, except Fowey; claims to be a borough by proscription; received a charter from Elizabeth; returned two members to parliament from Elizabeth's time till disfranchised by the act of 1832; is still nominally governed by a mayor, a recorder, and 12 burgesses or aldermen; carried on, for some time, a considerable trade with France, Spain, and the Mediterranean; was long noted also for a prosperous pilchard fishery; shows high indications of a reviving trade, after long and great decay; conducts a coasting business, in the import of coal, culm, and limestone, and in the export of fish, bark, granite, and tin, copper, and lead ores; has an excellent harbour and quay, defended by a small battery and breast-work; enjoys railway communication up to Liskeard, and to the great Cheesewring granite quarries; has a post office under Liskeard, two good inns, a weekly market on Wednesday, and fairs on 13 Feb., 10 July, 4 Sept., and 10 Oct.; is a seat of borough courts on every third Monday from Michaelmas day, and of two courts-leet annually; was long noted for a picturesque fifteen-arched bridge built in 1400, and 423 feet long, now replaced by a less interesting but more commodious structure; contains a church of the 14th century, greatly altered in the 16th century, and mainly rebuilt in 1806, yet possessing a few ancient features and an old low castellated tower; contains also two dissenting chapels; partakes in the benefits of an endowed school in West Looe; occupies a romantic site, in a deep recess, overhung by garden-clad acclivities; was, before the formation of a new road to it along the water-side, approached from the E by a path so steep that strangers, in descending, felt as if they would be precipitated on the roofs of the houses; and presents a strange jumble of curious houses massed irregularly in short narrow streets or alleys. "Such houses !'' exclaims an intelligent visitor to it in 1859. "Never, certainly, except in some mediæval town abroad, have we encountered such startling illustrations of the ideas of the old house-builders. Gables, quaint and ragged as Mr. Ruskin could wish, or Turner could have painted; staircases of wood and of masonry outside of the houses, instead of inside; quaint and picturesque porches; hanging gardens on the sides of the hills; and a general arrangement of the several tenements, or rather want of arrangement, singularly fitted for the pencil, but as directly opposed to all our modern notions to order, and as inconvenient for all purposes of drainage, as possibly could be." The view of the town and its environs from the sea-side is very striking; and several views in the vicinity, particularly one in the inlet of Trelawney mill, opening into the Looe river immediately above the bridge, is exquisitely beautiful. The chapelry politically is conterminate with the town or borough. Real property, £1,820. Pop. in 1851, 970; in 1861, 1,15 4. Houses, 205. But the chapelry ecclesiastically includes also most of West Looe, bears the name of East and West Looe, and was constituted in 1842. Pop., 1,860.Houses, 366. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £75. Patron, the Bishop of Exeter..

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

West Looe

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

LOOE (WEST), a small town in Talland parish, Cornwall; on the W bank of the river Looe, opposite East Looe. It is practically one town with East Looe; communicates immediately with it by the bridge across the river; has the same kind of character, as to both site and structure; and shares in its business. It once had a weekly market, and still has a fair on 6 May. It also was made a borough by charter of Elizabeth; sent two members to parliament, till disfranchised by the reform bill; and is still nominally governed by a mayor and burgesses. It has a lately restored old church, an Independent chapel, and an endowed school with £45 a year. Real property, £1,013. Pop., 770. Houses, 161.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Bankrupts

People who were declared bankrupt and the date of bankruptcy.

Buckthought John, East Looe, Cornwall, currier, Dec. 23, 1843.

Tregenna Henry, East Looe, Cornwall, draper, May 11, 1830.

The London Gazette 1851

MONTAGUE BAKER BERE Esq Her Majesty's Commissioner of the Exeter District Court of Bankruptcy being the Commissioner authorized to act under a Petition for adjudication of Bankruptcy filed the 7th of August 1850 against Samuel Parnall of East Looe in the county of Cornwall Grocer and Draper Dealer and Chapman, will sit on the 16th day of April instant at one of the clock in the afternoon precisely at the Court of Bankruptcy for the Exeter District in Queen street in the city of Exeter to Audit the Accounts of the Assignees of the estate and effects of the said bankrupt under the said Petition pursuant to the Acts of Parliament made and now in force relating to bankrupts when and where the creditors who have not already proved their debts are to come prepared to prove the same. 

Declaration of Dividend under a Petition for adjudication of Bankruptcy filed on the 7th day of August 1850 against Samuel Parnall of East Looe in the county of Cornwall Grocer and Draper Dealer and Chapman. NOTICE is hereby given that a First Dividend at the rate of 2s 6d in the pound is now payable and that warrants for the same may be received by those legally entitled at my office Queen street Exeter on any Tuesday or Friday after the 31st of January instant between the hours of eleven and three o clock. No warrants can be delivered unless the securities exhibited at the proof of the debt be produced without the special direction of a Commissioner. Executors and administrators of deceased creditors will be required to produce the probate of will and letters of administration. January 25 1851. F HERNAMAN Official Assignee.

Maps

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Administration

County: Cornwall
Civil Registration District: Liskeard
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: West
Poor Law Union: Liskeard
Hundred: West (Cornwall)
Province: Canterbury