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|Launceston is a town in Cornwall which is very
near to Devon and so it
has been a convenient spot to locate an administrative area where the
purpose is to base the administration in the county of Cornwall but
being nearer to the rest of England which was an important factor many
years ago when transportation was so difficult. Perhaps this was one of
the main reasons why Launceston used to be the capital of Cornwall.|
Some people pronounce Launceston as it is spelt whereas some pronounce it like Lanson. The Cornish name is Lannstefan. Lannstefan is Cornish for Church of St Stephen.
The Saxon name for Launceston was Dunheved. Launceston is a shopping centre . It is the biggest place around for quite a distance. There used to be a monastery quite near at St Stephens.
Launceston Castle is a very impressive castle and is in the town and dates from Norman times. Before the 13 th century AD Launceston used to be the capital of the Earldom of Cornwall. Launceston has given its name to other places in the world including Australia.
The South Gate and part of the Town Wall still survive. There was built an early sixteenth century church called the church of St Mary Magdalene. The church tower is from some time from the 14 th century.
The church in Launceston looks very impressive.
An interesting point is that the famous actor Sir Roger Moore used to go to school at Launceston coillege.
Launceston is not too far from Okehampton and Holsworthy. Two big places not too far away are Exeter and Plymouth both being in Devon.
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