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June 4, 2012

St Austell Cornwall

Filed under: England,History,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , , — needahand @ 2:55 pm

St Austell is a town on the southern coast of the English county of Cornwall, England. In 2001 St Austell had 22,658 inhabitants and is the largest town in Cornwall. After the 18th Century large kaolin deposits had been discovered, creating a significant kaolin industry. By about 1850 the St Austell Clay District employed some 7,000 men, women and children. In the town itself is the St Austell Brewery, producing traditional ale supplies. The brewery has since 1893 been held by the founding family. In 2003, the brewery tried the first whiskey distilling in Cornwall. The first bottles of the relatively small production went on sale in 2011. Near to St Austell are a number of towns and coastal resorts, important for tourism in the area, these include Par, Mevagissey, Polperro and Looe.

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August 24, 2009

Looe, Polperro, Fowey and the Eden Project

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 10:02 am

A small seaside town situated on the River Looe in Cornwall, Looe is an attractive town which has become a popular holiday destination, whilst still retaining its fishing traditions. With a resident population of just over 5,000, Looe lies on both banks of the river, and is actually formed by 2 towns East and West Looe. An ideal base for touring the many attractions of Corwall, Looe has a good selection of holiday accommodation and you should have no trouble finding somewhere to stay should you wish to visit. There is plenty to see and do in and around Looe, with some attractive little fishing villages to visit in the area such as Polperro and Fowey. Polperro was a notorious smugglers haunt, especially during the 18th century, it is now a little more peaceful and attracts many visitors to explore its narrow streets and pretty harbour. Fowey, another small coastal town is actually an important cargo port, which was formerly significant in the export of china clay. Further south and near to St Austell, is one of Cornwall’s most well known attractions – the Eden Project. Conceived by Tim Smit, the Eden Project, which opened in 2001, features a number of huge plastic domes containing plants from around the world, it is certainly one of the “must visit” places in the region. Looe Map.

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