From London To Land's End By Daniel Defoe


This town of Liskeard was once eminent, had a good castle, and a
large house, where the ancient Dukes of - Page 100
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This Town Of Liskeard Was Once Eminent, Had A Good Castle, And A Large House, Where The Ancient Dukes Of Cornwall Kept Their Court In Those Days; Also It Enjoyed Several Privileges, Especially By The Favour Of The Black Prince, Who As Prince Of Wales And Duke Of Cornwall Resided Here.

And in return they say this town and the country round it raised a great body of stout young fellows, who entered into his service and followed his fortunes in his wars in France, as also in Spain.

But these buildings are so decayed that there are now scarce any of the ruins of the castle or of the prince's court remaining.

The only public edifices they have now to show are the guild or town hall, on which there is a turret with a fine clock; a very good free school, well provided; a very fine conduit in the market- place; an ancient large church; and, which is something rare for the county of Cornwall, a large, new-built meeting-house for the Dissenters, which I name because they assured me there was but three more, and those very inconsiderable, in all the county of Cornwall; whereas in Devonshire, which is the next county, there are reckoned about seventy, some of which are exceeding large and fine.

This town is also remarkable for a very great trade in all manufactures of leather, such as boots, shoes, gloves, purses, breaches, &c.; and some spinning of late years is set up here, encouraged by the woollen manufacturers of Devonshire.

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