Polperro, a small town in Llansalloes and Talland parishes, Cornwall, on the coast, 6 miles E of Fowey, and 4 from Looe station on the Liskeard and Looe railway. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office; is an ancient place; was described by Leland as a " fishar towne with a peere;" occupies a romantic site on the rocky shore and ledges of an inlet embraced by a ravine; gives the name of " Polperro sponges " to the fossils formerly known as Cornish ichthyolites; is surrounded by rock formations of great interest to geologists; carries on a pilchard fishery and some coasting trade; and has a small harbour, a public hall, and three chapels.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
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Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Polperro from the following:
Online maps of Polperro are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Cornwall papers online:
- Royal Cornwall Gazette
- West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser
- Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser
We have a copy of The Visitations of Cornwall, by Lieut.-Col. J.L. Vivian online.