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Ancient capital of Cornwall


Launceston is the chief town of a wide area lying between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. In Saxon times it was the site of a Royal Mint. By the 12th century the town itself had become walled (the only walled town in Cornwall) and for centuries the Assizes were housed here, in the castle itself and Guildhalls in the town.


The Prince of Wales comes to Launceston once in his lifetime as Duke of Cornwall to receive the feudal dues which are his right within the Duchy.


Launceston has been and still is an important market centre; the rights to hold such markets were among the privileges granted by Royal Charter. These Charters and other historical papers are housed in the Archives of Launceston.


Other places of interest in Launceston, include Lawrence House which displays a variety of historical artefacts and is recognised as one of the finest museums in the South West.


The Northgate and Prison where the Quaker George Fox was imprisoned. The Southgate arch which incorporates an Art Gallery; and the Town Hall with its fine clock and quarterjacks to chime hours and quarters.


Launceston is now a busy Cornish Market Town with many shops and businesses located in and around the Town Square.




Launceston Steam Railway - a two and a half mile steam railway running through the glorious Kensey Valley, linking the historic Cornish town of Launceston to the hamlet of Newmills.



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