Our story

Unearthing the history behind the name

The Location

In the Middle Ages tin was discovered here, enough to mine and turn into money.

Liskeard became a stannary, making, stamping and taxing coins. It certainly helped line a few local pockets. In 1836 copper reserves in Caradon Hill saw a mining boom in the area, not quite gold, but a good find all the same.

Caradon Hill
A bit of history

Did you know

The history of this town is mainly underground? Slate and tin mining in Liskeard turned a small farming village into a bustling town.

A rum deal

Now you can tour local Carnglaze Caverns, an old slate quarry and lake 60 metres underground.

It was the cunning place where the Royal Navy stashed its supply of rum in the Second World War. This was a very long way to get a tipple!

Making tracks

Thanks to mining, all this rock needed to go somewhere. So in 1844 a steam railway was opened to carry rocks and minerals from the mines, and to take coal to them. Now you can find walking tours close to the classic railway.

It's all in the name

Now we welcome you

Rich in minerals and history you can expect a warm welcome at The Liskeard Tavern, where rum is readily available!


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