Visit Liskeard and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Liskeard, Cornwall, is one of the county's most progressive small towns: lively in atmosphere and pleasant to look at. It lacks priceless possessions, but has some good Georgian and Victorian architecture. Chartered in the 13th century and a stannary town soon afterwards, it was, for several centuries till the late 19th, made prosperous by the Caradon Hill copper mines. Now it has probably the busiest livestock market, in East Cornwall and, helped by its position on the railway and an important road junction, is increasingly attracting light industry to a new industrial estate.
Some of its best Georgian buildings are where the A390 widens by the War Memorial. Nearby, in Pike Street, its Victorian guildhall is finely dark and strong with a grand clock-tower. Running south from this its narrow-streeted shopping centre in a valley has some pretty slate-hung houses and an ancient Pipe Well, formerly considered curative.
St Martin's Church, basically 15th-century, up the hill to the east, is the largest parish church in the county after Bodmin's. Given a new tower in 1902 and mainly Victorian furnished, it is, however, quite handsome with fine slender granite columns. The town's oldest part is round it.
Among the town's M.P.s was, in 1774, Edward Gibbon, the historian, though he seems to have had little else to do with Liskeard or Cornwall. In the slate-covered house beside the A390 Charles I spent seven nights in 1644.
Nearby cities: Plymouth
Nearby towns: Bodmin, Callington, Launceston, Looe, Lostwithiel, Saltash, St Austell
Nearby villages: Bylane End, Dobwalls, Gunnislake, Herodsfoot, Menheniot, Pensilva, Polperro, St Cleer, St Keyne, Trerulefoot
Have you decided to visit Liskeard or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Liskeard bed and breakfast (a Liskeard B&B or Liskeard b and b)
- a Liskeard guesthouse
- a Liskeard hotel (or motel)
- a Liskeard self-catering establishment, or
- other Liskeard accommodation