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Launceston, Cornwall

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Launceston, Cornwall

Launceston is a town, ancient borough, and civil parish in east Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Dunheved was the Saxon name for the town. Launceston is situated just over one mile (1.6 km) west of the River Tamar which marks the border between Cornwall and Devon and is often referred to as the "gateway to Cornwall".
Administrative CountyCornwall
Traditional CountyCornwall
OS GridSX3384
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDevon and Cornwall
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCornwall
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCornwall
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01566
Population7,135 (2001 census)

Other names by which Launceston, Cornwall has been known in the past

Dunheved ~ Dunneheved ~ Lanceston ~ Lanston ~ Lanstone ~ Lanstuphadon ~ Launston ~ Launtsaveton ~ North Eastern Division The ~ Dunhuet

Launceston, Cornwall in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Launceston, mun. bor., market town, and par., Cornwall, on river Kensey, near its confluence with the Attery and Tamar, 18½ miles NW. of Tavistock and 213 miles from London by rail - par., 1136 ac., pop. 2430; mun. bor., 1504 ac., pop. 3217; town, 2000 ac., pop. 3808; P.O., T.O., 4 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. Launceston was the ancient capital of Cornwall. Its castle (now a considerable ruin) was held from the Conqueror by the Earl of Morton in 1086. An Augustinian priory stood at Launceston. There is no special industry, the trade being that which is usual in centres of agricultural districts. From 1295 to 1832 the town returned 2 members to Parliament, and 1 member until 1885.

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