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St Martin by Looe, Cornwall

Historical Description

Martin, St, or St-Martin-by-Looe, a parish in Cornwall, on Looe Bay and the river Looe, 4½ miles SSW of Menheniot station on the G.W.R., and 6½ S by E of Liskeard. It contains the town of East Looe, and its post town is Looe, under Liskeard. Acreage, 3069, including a small portion of the village of Hessenford; population, 304. The manor was known at Domesday as Lant Martin, and it took its name from St Martin du Tours. About 250 acres are under wood. The coast is noticed in the articles on East Looe and West Looe. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Truro; value, £400 with residence. The church standson high ground above East Looe, is ancient but good, and was restored in 1882. The town of East Looe, jointly with that of West Looe, forms a separate benefice.

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 districtPL13
Post TownLooe