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Fowey Harbour Heritage Society
Shiplew Point

Fowey Harbour Heritage Society

Fowey harbour, which includes the communities of Fowey, Bodinnick and Polruan, has been a significant international trading port since the medieval period and is still a working port today, exporting china clay. Our aim is to encourage you to explore the area and find out more about the places and people that have contributed to its heritage.

Fowey Harbour Heritage Society

Promoting the heritage of the Fowey harbour area

The Society introduces you to the rich and varied history of Fowey harbour and what you can see today by:

  • Organising talks
  • Publishing an annual journal
  • Presenting our annual heritage awards
  • Providing heritage grants to local organisations
  • Promoting guided walks
  • Working with other societies on heritage projects

Illustration for Looe through the Ages talk

Looe through the Ages

Talk by Marian Cole, Cecil Varcoe, Kathryn Bartlett and Simon Cole at Whitecross Village Hall

Saturday 28th November 2020 at 2.30pm

Looe is known for its sandy beach and safe bathing, its souvenir and pasty shops. This talk takes us back to Looe's medieval beginnings as a fishing village and to its renaissance in the 19th century following finds of copper on Bodmin Moor. You will hear the story of the Looe - Liskeard Canal and Railway which transported the copper to ships in the port and learn about the contribution made by Joseph Thomas, one of Looe's most famous sons, to the town as it is today.

Marian, Cecil, Kathryn and Simon are accredited town guides and members of the Cornish Riviera Guides.