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Things to do in Lostwithiel, Cornwall

Lostwithiel Parish Church © Peter Marks
Lostwithiel Parish Church © Peter Marks

Lostwithiel is today a quiet, charming market town, which was the capital of the Duchy of Cornwall in the 13th century.

St. Bartholomew's Parish Church with its 13th century lantern spire is the finest of its kind in Cornwall; the 14th century font is most interestingly carved and has an attractive 19th century east window. During the Civil War, the Church came in for sacrilegious treatment from the Parliamentarian soldiers. A horse was christened at the font, and was given the name Charles; the building was used as a prison and an attempt was made to blow up two prisoners, who managed to escape to the tower.

Interesting features of the town are the Tudor Bridge, Guildhall, Old Duchy Palace; and the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery.

Lostwithiel Museum - A small local history museum, housed partly in the old town prison, with an excellent collection of photographs.

Restormel Castle - The ruins of the Castle stand behind a 60-foot wide moat on a hill, commanding the Fowey Valley. Parts may date from the 11th century but most of the existing building is 13th century.

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