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The History of The Falmouth Arms, Ladock, Cornwall
The Falmouth Arms is steeped in history – a 17th century pub set in the unspoilt village of Ladock set between Truro, St Austell and Newquay. The Ladock road was one of the early routes into West Cornwall and passed through the beautiful wooded Ladock Valley, The Falmouth Arms was one of a series of coaching inns along the way, where horses could be changed.

The History of The Falmouth Arms, Ladock, Cornwall
In addition to this Inn, there was a beer house known as the Queens Arms in Ladock until 1875-6 when its licence was refused and it presumably closed. James Crocker Jnr was its licencee in 1856. He was also a vet. The beer house was also in Bisseck, on the opposite side of the road to the Falmouth Arms.

Bisseck gets its name from the Manor of Bisseck. This was the property of a well known recusant Francis Tregian in the reign of Elizabeth I.

Falmouth Arms Elvis Mural Photo
Falmouth Arms Elvis Mural that once adorned the dining room

Ladock parish takes its name from the patron saint of the parish church, St Ladoca, about whom little is know, although she is reputed to have come to Cornwall with St Piran.

The parish is in the centre of Cornwall on the A390 (although, now in the 21st century, on the B3275) about five miles north-east of Truro, and until 1840 was on the old toll road form Truro to Bodmin. This parish is situated entirely on slate rocks. Most of the valleys have been streamed for tin. In 1802, the largest gold nugget in Cornwall was discovered in the River Ladock and is now in Truro museum.