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St Cleer, Cornwall

Historical Description

Cleer, St, a parish in Cornwall, on the moors, 2½ miles N by W of Liskeard station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Liskeard; money order and telegraph office, Liskeard. Acreage, 10,943; population, 2124. Copper and tin are mined. St Cleer Down, a stony eminence 753 feet high, and Sharpitor or Sharp Point Tor, a beautiful cone about 1200 feet high, command extensive views. St deer's Well was anciently used as a ducking pool for insane persons; is enclosed by the ivy-clad ruin of a chapel; and adjoins an ancient cross about 9 feet high. Two inscribed Saxon monuments are about three-quarters of a mile WNW of the church. The Cheesewring, which is separately noticed, three large Druidical circles, called the Hurlers, and a cromlech, called the Trevethy Stone or the Gravehouse, are within the parish. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; net value, £195 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is Early English, with a walled-up Norman doorway, and has a tower 97 feet high; it was restored in 1870. There are United Methodist and Bible Christian chapels. On St Cleer Down is the reservoir of the Liskeard Waterworks.

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 CountyCornwall 
Poor Law unionLiskeard 

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtPL14
Post TownLiskeard