Historic Silver KeyEast Looe Town Trust is delighted with the surprise gift of a historic silver key that will be displayed in the Old Guildhall Museum. The key is beautifully inscribed:-
'Presented by the Corporation of East Looe to J.R. Bishop, During whose Mayoralty the Town Hall was erected, as a mark of their esteem. September 1878'.
The key is a link with the time when East and West Looe were separate towns, and Cllr J.R Bishop had been Mayor of East Looe.
This chapter of the story began when Anthony Peter, was on holiday in Looe and called in to Looe Museum. He explained that J.R. Bishop had given the key to his Great Grandfather, Major Reginald Arthur Peter , who commanded No. 2 Company (Looe), 1st Cornwall Volunteer Artillery, and was Chairman of the East Looe Town Trust 1906-1915. The key had been handed down through the Peter family, but now Anthony Peter wanted it to return to Looe.
The key was received by the current Chairman of ELTT, John Warne CB, overlooked by the portrait of Maj. Peter that hangs in the council chamber.
John Warne said, "I was delighted to accept the key, and thank Mr. Peter for his generous gift. The key had been a valued family heirloom, and will now be seen by many. It is a reminder of the time when Looe was at the peak of its economic prosperity, and celebrating the construction of a landmark civic building".
The 15th Century listed ancient Museum is in the main street to East Looe seafront. It has a fascinating display of Looe’s history, especially fishing, boat building and, of course, smuggling. A selection of the artefacts you can see at the museum are listed below.