St Austell is situated on the south coast of Cornwall about halfway between the Devon border and Lands End.
It is on the A390 between Liskeard to Truro.
It is approximately 10 miles south of Bodmin.
In the 2001 census the population of St Austell was 22,658 - the highest population of any Cornish town or city.
The name comes from a 6th century Cornish holy man called Austolus (or Saint Austol). His saints day is the Thursday before Whit Sunday.
Not long after William Cookworthy discovered china clay at Tregonissey, the same mineral (kaolin) was found in greatquantity in the areas to the north of St Austell. Opencast clay mining soon took over from tin and copper mining as the principal industry in the area, which contributed enormously to the growth of the town. The clay industry came into its own during the mid 19th and early 20th centuries, at a time when the falling prices of tin and other metals were forcing many of the mines to close down. The success and high profitability of the industry attracted many of the families that had been put out of work by the depression in the Cornish tin and copper mining industry, and this caused a rapid increase in the population of the town. This meant that more shops and businesses opening up in St Austell, providing even more jobs and improving trade. This led to St Austell becoming one of the most important commercial centres of Cornwall.
The St Austell Brewery was established in 1851 awhat is now the Seven Stars Inn in Duke Street. The current brewery is in Trevarthian Road and is open to the public. Actors John Nettles and Robert Duncan, England goalkeeper Nigel Martyn, cricketer Christopher Lovell, author, poet and historian Dr A L Rowse, murderer Miles Giffard, Scottish rugby union captain Andy Reed, sculptor and artist David Tremlett along with historian and founder of the Cornish Nationalist Party Dr James Whetter were all born in St Austell.
Eden Project at Bodelva
China Clay Museum at Wheal Martyn
Lost Gardens of Heligan at Pentewan
St Austell Brewery in Trevarthian Road.
Anchorage House Guest Lodge, Nettles Corner, Tregrehan Mills, St Austell (Tel: 01726 - 814071)
Crossways Guest House, 6 Cromwell Road, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL25 4PS (Tel: 01726 - 77436)
Cliff Head Hotel, Carlyon Bay, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3RB (Tel: 01726 - 812345) (AA 3 star)
Little Grey Cottage, Trethurgy, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL26 8YD (Tel: 01726 - 850486)
Poltarrow Farm, St. Mewan, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL26 7DR (Tel: 01726 - 842319)
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