MARKET TOWNS OF CORNWALL (from SDUK Penny Cyclopedia)
West Looe in 1837
West Looe is separated from East Looe by the river Looe. It contained, in 1831, 126 houses, and 503 inhabitants. It is in the parish of Talland, which includes also a part of the market-town of Polperro. There is a narrow bridge over the Looe, uniting the two boroughs of East Looe and West Looe. There was formerly a chapel at West Looe dedicated to St. Nicholas, but it is now converted into a guildhall. The market, which was on Wednesday, has been long discontinued. This place was incorporated by Queen Elizabeth : the corporation consists of twelve burgesses, including the Mayor. This borough sent members to parliament from the time of Edward VI, the election was in the corporation. West Looe was disfranchised by the Reform Act.