East Looe was described as a borough in 1201. Its gridiron street plan betrays its origin as a planned town. In 1411-26 it was joined to the smaller settlement of West Looe by a bridge. Both places continued as small trading ports although returning four MPs to Parliament between them.

West Looe in 1933

Population 1861: 1,900

Population 2011: 5,100

Planned population 2031: 6,300

Storm clouds gather as Looe spills over its valley