In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Polperro like this:
POLPERRO, a small town in Llansalloes and Talland parishes, Cornwall; on the coast, 6 miles E of Fowey. It is an ancient place; was described by Leland as a"fishar towne with a peere; " occupies a romantic siteon the rocky shore and ledges of an inlet embraced by aravine; gives the name of Polperro sponges to the fossilsformerly known as Cornish ichthyolites; is surroundedby rock formations of great interest to geologists; carrieson a pilchard fishery and some coasting trade; and has a good small harbour, a coast-guard station, two chapels, an endowed school, a weekly market on Friday, and afair on 29 June. Pop., 913.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Polperro has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Caradon. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Polperro and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Polperro, in Caradon and Cornwall | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th May 2013
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