The great mail-coach road from London to Falmouth, Penzance, &c. enters Cornwall at Poulston-bridge, a mile and three quarters from Launceston; after quitting that town, it passes through the villages of Hicks-mill, Five-lanes, and Trewint, over the moors of Alternon and Temple (eight miles and a half) ; through the depopulated village of Temple, by the race-ground, to Bodmin ** , which is twenty-one miles from Launceston. The church-towns of Alternon and Blisland, and the high hills of Roughtor and Brownwilly, are on the right; the church-towns of South-Petherwin, Lewannick and Cardinham, and Dosmery-pool, on the left of this road.
**This road, from three miles south of Launceston to the Indian Queen (ten miles south of Bodmin), was made under an act of Parliament passed in 1769. The great western road, before the passing of this act, was through Camelford; the act for making the road by way of Camelford passed in 1759.
Quitting Bodmin, the road proceeds to
Truro, twenty-two miles and a half; passing over the gorse-moors (eight miles
in length), through the villages of Higher Fraddon,
Lower-Fraddon; Penhale and Summercourt; the small borough-town of Michell,
and the village of St. Erme highway. At the two
first-mentioned villages are the posting-houses of the Indian Queen and the
Blue Anchor. Between Bodmin and
and Helston road passes through the small villages of Polgrene, Menely, and Trelills, being a distance of ten miles: the direct road
From Penzance, a carriage-road (not
turnpike) proceeds to the Land's-end (eleven miles); leaving the church-towns
of Maddern and Sancreet,
with the populous village and
Non_turnpike to Lands End
road from the north of
The great road from London to the Land's-end, by way of Plymouth dock, enters Cornwall at Torpoint (The ferry at this place is impassable in bad weather) ; three miles and a quarter beyond which it passes through Anthony church-town; two miles and a half further through Crosthole; about ten miles beyond which, having left the town of St. Germans and the village of Menheniot a small distance on the right, it reaches Liskeard: nearly twelve miles further it reaches Lostwithiel, having passed through the village of Dobwalls, over Broadoak-downs, and at no great distance from St. Pinnock, Broadoak and Boconnoc, all of which lie on the left hand: beyond Lostwithiel it leaves Lanlivery church-town a little way on the right-hand; in four miles reaches the churchtown of St. Blazey; and about four miles further the town of St. Austell: passing a little way from the church-town of St. Mewan (which lies on the right), and through the little village of Sticker, in six miles it reaches the borough-town of Grampound; and two miles and a half further passes through the church-town of Probus: two miles and a quarter beyond Probus, it passes through the little village of Tresilian; and in two miles and three-quarters from thence, leaving St. Clement's church on the left, it reaches Truro, where it joins the other great road.
St Austell & Lostwithiel and
The turnpike-road from Launceston to Camelford and St. Columb branches off from the Bodmin road three
miles out of Launceston, and leaving the churchtowns
of Trewen, Laneast and St. Cleather to the left, passes through Haleworthy
and Davidstow: beyond Camelford,
leaving Lantegloss to the right, it passes to St. Teath (four miles), with St. Tudy
and St. Mabyn on the right, and St. Kew on the left;
it passes thence to Wadebridge (seven miles), in the parishes of Egloshayle and St. Breock. From
Wadebridge to St. Columb, (the road not passing very
near any church-town except St. Breock,) is twelve
miles. From St. Columb a turnpike-road continues,
about three miles, to join the great road to
From Wadebridge there is a carriage-road, partly turnpike, through St. Issey and Little-Petherick to Padstow, fourteen miles.
The section west of Wadebidge would be the Haleworthy Trust – rest to Padstow not turnpiked
There is a turnpike-road also from Bodmin to Wadebridge, over Dunmeer-bridge, through the
from Truro to Redruth,
through Chasewater, leaving St. Dye a little to the
left; from Redruth, between Gwennap and Stithians, to Penryn and
a turnpike-road branching off (from the great road from
Creed & St Just Trust (only recorded to St Just, not St Mawes)
It is in contemplation to make a
turnpike-road from Redruth over the head of the river Heyle
to Penzance, to make a nearer road from
and also to shorten and improve the road from Catchfrench to Torpoint. (Liskeard Trust improvements in 1826)
From Saltash (The ferry at this place is seldom used for carriages.), one of the entrances into
A turnpike-road from Tavistock enters Cornwall at Newbridge (A very picturesque spot, with a great number of cottages on the Cornish side.) , on the Tamar; four miles from that town, passes to Callington, leaving Calstock on the left; and thence, through St. Ive, to Liskeard (nine miles). From Callington a turnpikeroad passes to Stoke-Climsland, leaving Lezant to the left and Lawhitton to the right, to Launceston (twelve miles).
Between Liskeard and Lostwithiel, on the
There is also a carriage-road, partly
turnpike, immediately from Bodmin to Lostwithiel, through the
Bodmin Trust (branch to Lostwithiel direct not turnpiked)
There is a carriage-road, but not turnpike,
from Launceston to Stratton:
this road, being a distance of eighteen miles, passes through
The road from Stratton to Camelford passes near Davidstow,
where it joins the turnpike-road from Launceston to Camelford,
about three miles from the latter town. This road passes through the villages
of Treskinnick-cross (vulgo
Skinney-cross) and Wainhouse-corner,
over the high ground called Touchbarrows, leaving the
From Camelford, a carriage-road, not turnpike, passes to Bodmin, (twelve miles,) through the village of Penpont, and over the race-downs, leaving the church-towns of Advent, St. Breward, and Blisland on the right, and those of Michaelstow and St. Teath on the left.
The mail-coach roads are very good. The cross-roads are not much travelled. There are no post-chaises kept at Stratton, Padstow, Camelford, St. Columb, St. Ives, Looe, Fowey, Tregony, Grampound, Saltash, nor even at Callington, although two or three roads meet at that town.