Looe, Cornwall

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Looe East and West were originally two separate towns. They were joined by a bridge in 1411. The port exported copper and arsenic, and grew as a pilchard fishing port. Shark and other fishing trips can be made from the quay today, and the fishing boats still land here.

East Looe old quarter of has a labyrinth of narrow streets, but the rest of the town caters for mass tourism in summer. There is a16th century Guildhall, and a former fish cellar which has a museum of Cornish folk items.

West Looe is accessed over the seven-arched Victorian bridge. Here you can have a drink in the 16th century Jolly Sailor Inn. Visit the St Nicholas Church, South East Cornwall Discovery Centre, and as you get to the open sea at Hannafore you can look across to St George's Island.

Offshore Looe, St Georges Island , belonged once to the Abbot of Glastonbury. The remains of a Benedictine chapel built in 1139 are on the Island. Legend says that Joseph of Arimathea came here with the Christ child. It was once inhabited by the pirate and smuggler, Black Joan and her brother Fyn. It was bombed in World War II when the Germans mistook the island for a battleship. Now an island nature reserve leased to the Cornwall Wildlife trust by the Atkins family, whose story can be read in their books "We Bought an Island" and "Tales from our Cornish Island", which the trust sell off their website

There are boat trips to the island in the summer. There are also regular shark- fishing trips from the quay at Looe.

Looe Valley Line offers a train ride to the ancient stone circle at Duloe; the holy well at St Keyne; and Paul Corin's Music Machines.

Looe, Cornwall Genealogical information from Genuki

The Looe Island Story: An Illustrated History of St. George's Island Mike Dunn


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