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Bodmin in Cornwall
|Bodmin town is an important town in Cornwall.
It is not surprising to
hear it is near to Bodmin Moor. Bodmin Moor has a
beauty and makes a contrast with the countryside in some
other parts of Cornwall. It is not too far from Wadebridge and Padstow
and St Austell.
Bodmin town is twinned with more than one other place including a place called Grass Valley in the United States Of America in California.
The Cornish name for Bodmin is Bosvenegh. The name may have come from the Cornish name for a dwelling which was bod.
The town used to be the county town but now the county town is Truro and before Bodmin it was Launceston.
As long ago as the sixtth century there was a monastery in Bodmin which St Petroc established but when the Normans arrived the monastery lost some of its land but when the Doomsday Book was written in approximately 1070 AD the monastery had 18 manors. St Petrocs church is one of the largest in Cornwall. There is written evidence that Bodmin was occupied in approximately the seventh century AD.
What used to be the Shire Hall is now used a a tourist information office. Bodmin has a school called Bodmin College.