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Lostwithiel is an ancient market town standing at the head of the tidal reaches of the River Fowey.
In the 13th century, Lostwithiel was the capital of Cornwall. It was a Stannary town where tin ingots were brought to the Stannary Hall for weighing, assaying and stamping. A corner was cut from each tin block to determine its quality. The Stannary Gaol and Stannary Court were also located here. Lostwithiel retained its position as the chief of the Stannaries until the 18th century.
The town contains many interesting features including it beautiful stone bridge which dates from the 15th century. There has been a river crossing point here for centuries and prior to the current bridge there is likely to have been a wooden bridge spanning the river.
The church is dedicated to St Bartholomew and formerly belonged to the Priory of Tywardreath. The base of the tower dates from the 12th century and the remainder of the church belongs to the early 1300s. It remained a chapelry to Lanlivery Church until the 15th century.
The town has good local facilities with a range of businesses and accommodation.
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Situated on the A390 between St Austell and Liskeard.
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