Bodmin, in Cornish, Bosvena, is a fine historic town which is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
Bodmin in History
The name Bodmin is thought to derive from the Cornish 'bod' meaning dwelling and 'meneghi' meaning monks. Saint Petroc established a monastery here in the 6th Century and it is from this ecclesiastical settlement that the town grew.
Bodmin Parish Church
Bodmin has a long association with religious history being home to Cornwall's largest parish church, dedicated to St Petroc. The church contains an ornate ivory casket which is reputed to have held the bones of the Saint.
A Holy Well dedicated to St Petroc is situated in the valley close to the church.
In the churchyard is another Holy Well believed to date from around AD 510. This well is dedicated to St Guron, who is thought to be the original founder of Bodmin, pre-dating St Petroc.
Famous People from Bodmin
The town has another prominent monument, erected in honour of its famous son General Walter Raleigh Gilbert, who served in the Indian army.
Walkers and cyclists will find the Camel Trail of great interest. This scenic footpath/cycle trail begins at Padstow, on the North Coast and follows the River Camel to Wadebridge and then on to Bodmin, following the route of a former railway line. An abundance of beautiful wild flowers can be seen along the route, particularly in the Spring and early Summer.
For those with an interest in archaeology, Castle Canyke, a large Iron Age hill fort is located on the south eastern outskirts of the town.
There are a number of ancient stone crosses in and around Bodmin including several Wheel Headed Boundary crosses.
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Bodmin has a full range of shopping facilities, banks, Post Office and a variety of pubs, restaurants and visitor attractions. Please see below for details of local businesses and visitor attractions.
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Tourist Information Centre is located at Shire Hall, Mount Folly Square.
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Bodmin is located in the North Cornwall district on the western side of Bodmin Moor.
It is easily accessible from the A30 and A38 trunk roads. Bodmin Parkway station is outside of the town but has bus connections.
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