130101 Happy New Year

First off – a happy and healthy New Year to one and all.

Starting as we mean to go on some views of the double-clapper-looking bridge over the Looe River in Herodsfoot.

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The nearest Domesday Book entry for Herodsfoot is Killigorrick in the Hundred of Fawton. Three pigs, ten sheep, ten goats, one slave.

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In 1066 the Lord here was Uhtred, by 1086 Reginald of Vautortes who seems to have had land all over the place including dear old Rillaton.

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Today Herodsfoot is a small village in South East Cornwall, some 4 miles South West of Liskeard, set at the meeting of four valleys whose streams join the West Looe river. The name comes from the old Cornish “Hir-Garth”, “The Long Hill”. 

John Betjeman, in his “Shell Guide to Cornwall” described Herodsfoot as “An inland Polperro in a deeply wooded valley. Slate cottages with uneven roofs, the Looe river very small…”.

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