The Guildhall, Market Street, Liskeard - - 666030.jpg
Liskeard Guildhall
Liskeard is located in Cornwall
Location within Cornwall
Population9.417 (2011)
Civil parish
  • Liskeard
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPL14
Dialling code01579
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°27′13″N 4°27′54″W / 50°27′13″N 4°27′54″W / 50.4536; -4.4651

Liskeard (d/ (About this soundlisten) SKARD; Cornish: Lyskerrys[1]) is an ancient stannary and market town and civil parish in south east Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.[2]

Liskeard is situated approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of Plymouth, 14 miles (23 km) west of the River Tamar and the border with Devon, and 12 miles (20 km) east of Bodmin. The town is at the head of the Looe valley in the ancient hundred of West Wivelshire and has a population of 9,417.[3] Liskeard was the base of the former Caradon District Council and it still has a town council. There are 3 wards in Liskeard (including Dobwalls). The total population at the 2011 census was 11,366[4][5][6]


The place name element Lis, along with ancient privileges accorded the town, indicates that the settlement was once a high status 'court'. A Norman castle was built here after the Conquest, which eventually fell into disuse in the later Middle Ages. By 1538 when visited by John Leland only a few insignificant remains were to be seen.[7] Sir Richard Carew writing in 1602 concurred;

Liskeard was one of the 17 Antiqua maneria of the Duchy of Cornwall.[9] The market charter was granted by Richard, Earl of Cornwall (brother of Henry III) in 1240. Since then, it has been an important centre for agriculture. The seal of the borough of Liskeard was Ar. a fleur-de-lis and perched thereon and respecting each other two birds in chief two annulets and in flank two feathers.[10]

When Wilkie Collins wrote of his visit to the town in his Rambles Beyond Railways he had a low opinion of it: "that abomination of desolation, a large agricultural country town".[11] The town went through a period of economic prosperity during the pre-20th century boom in tin mining, becoming a key centre in the industry as a location for a stannary and coinage.

Other Languages
تۆرکجه: لیسکارد
brezhoneg: Lyskerrys
Cymraeg: Liskeard
Deutsch: Liskeard
español: Liskeard
euskara: Liskeard
فارسی: لیسکارد
Gaeilge: Liskeard
italiano: Liskeard
kernowek: Lyskerrys
Latina: Liskeard
Nederlands: Liskeard
norsk: Liskeard
norsk nynorsk: Liskeard
polski: Liskeard
português: Liskeard
română: Liskeard
Simple English: Liskeard
svenska: Liskeard
Volapük: Liskeard
中文: 利斯卡德