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Liskeard, Cornwall

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Liskeard, Cornwall

Liskeard Listen/lɪsˈkɑrd/ is an ancient stannary and market town and civil parish in south east Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Liskeard is situated approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of Plymouth, 14 miles west of the River Tamar and the border with Devon, and 12 miles (20 km) east of Bodmin. The town is at the head of the Looe valley in the ancient hundred of West Wivelshire and has a population of 9,417.
Administrative CountyCornwall
Traditional CountyCornwall
OS GridSX2564
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDevon and Cornwall
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCornwall
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCornwall
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01579
Population8,656 (2001)

Other names by which Liskeard, Cornwall has been known in the past

Leskard ~ Leskerd ~ Liscarret ~ Liskard

Liskeard, Cornwall in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Liskeard, mun. bor., market town, par., and township, Cornwall, 15 miles SW. of Launceston and 265 miles SW. of London - par., 8223 ac., pop. 5534; township, 7422 ac., pop. 1481; bor., 2799 ac., pop. 4536; P.O., T.O., 4 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. Liskerrett was the ancient name of the town, which is one of the oldest in Cornwall, having been a coinage or stannary town. As early as 1250 it was made a free borough. In 1643 the place was the scene of a defeat of the Parliamentarians by the Loyalists. The town is irregularly built on steep hills, and its trade is almost wholly associated with the large mining interests of the surrounding locality. Tanning and ironfounding are likewise carried on. Liskeard returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.

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