St Keyne, Cornwall

Historical Description

Keyne, St, or St Kean, a village and a parish in Cornwall. The village stands on the river Looe, 2 miles S of Liskeard station on the G.W.R., and has a post office (R.S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Liskeard. Acreage of parish, 842; population, 159. The village was anciently called Lametton, took its present name from St Kayne or Keyna, daughter of Brychan, Prince of Brecknock, and has a well of ancient superstitious repute, dedicated to that saint, and celebrated in a ballad of Southey: -" A well there is in the west country, and a clearer one never was seen; There is not a wife in the west country but has heard of the well of St Keyne. An oak and elm tree stand beside, and behind does an ash tree grow, And a willow from the bank above droops to the water below. St Keyne,' said the Comishman,' many a time drank of this silver well, And before the angel summoned her she laid on the water a spell: If the husband at this gifted well shall drink before his wife, A happy man henceforth is he, for he shall be master for life. But if the wife shall driuk of it first. God help the husband then!'"

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Cornwall
Hundred West
Poor Law union Liskeard

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtPL14
Post TownLiskeard