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Bissoe is located in Cornwall
Bissoe shown within Cornwall
OS grid reference SW776414
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TRURO
Postcode district TR4
Dialling code 01872
Police Devon and Cornwall
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50°13′50″N 5°07′12″W / 50.2305°N 5.1199°W / 50.2305; -5.1199Coordinates: 50°13′50″N 5°07′12″W / 50.2305°N 5.1199°W / 50.2305; -5.1199

Bissoe (Cornish: Besow, meaning birch trees) is a hamlet in west Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated five miles (8 km) east of Redruth in a former tin mining area.[1] It is in the civil parish of Kea

Bissoe was the site of an early arsenic extraction works, the second such commercial works in Britain.[2] Frederick Hamilton Davey succeeded his father as Works Manager of the Cornwall Arsenic Company's factory at Bissoe in 1902, having acted as his father's assistant for several years.

The name is believed to derive from the Cornish word besow meaning birch trees. Bissoe is the home of a small number of businesses, Bissoe Bike Hire, a concrete products company and an environmental waste management company called Clear-flow Ltd.

Bissoe lies on the Coast to Coast Trail long-distance footpath and cycle trail. The trail is 11 miles (17.5 km) long and links the interior of west Cornwall to the harbour of Portreath on the north coast and the former port of Devoran in the south. The trail follows the course of now-disused railways formerly used to carry imported coal and extracted minerals for export. Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve lies to the south of the hamlet.

A pond in Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve (arsenic works in background)


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  2. ^ "Bissoe Arsenic Works, Cornwall". World Heritage Cornwall. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Bissoe at Wikimedia Commons