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Looe Museum

Founded: Not Sure        Governance: Independent Trust        Scope: Local history    Visited: Autumn 2013

Very often half the pleasure in visiting a small local museum (or perhaps more) comes from the building it's set in. This is definitely the case with Looe, where the Old Guildhall and Gaol is the location for the little museum which sits in the centre of this tiny fishing borough of tangled streets and (now) seaside emporia and chip shops. Once upon a time it was the Town Hall and Borough Magistrates' Court for, not Looe exactly, but the borough of East Looe, which was administratively completely separate from the township on the opposite bank of the river. This stone structure, dating back to the fifteenth century in parts, is genuinely as old as the town thinks it is, which isn't always the case. Visitors clamber up and down cranky staircases below and within a timber-roofed hall at the far end of which is the resplendent black oak 18th-century magistrates' bench surmounted by a gloriously OTT coat of arms. You marvel that such an attempt at grandeur can be crammed into such a tiny space. The collection is equally eccentric and one could, should one want, spend hours here looking at every fossil, lobster pot, mermaid's purse or fisherman's caul, and flicking through album upon album of local snaps and newspaper cuttings. It's all really rather wonderful.

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