Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Launceston

Launceston, mun. bor., market town, and par., Cornwall, on river Kensey, near its confluence with the Attery and Tamar, 18½ miles NW. of Tavistock and 213 miles from London by rail - par., 1136 ac., pop. 2430; mun. bor., 1504 ac., pop. 3217; town, 2000 ac., pop. 3808; P.O., T.O., 4 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. Launceston was the ancient capital of Cornwall. Its castle (now a considerable ruin) was held from the Conqueror by the Earl of Morton in 1086. An Augustinian priory stood at Launceston. There is no special industry, the trade being that which is usual in centres of agricultural districts. From 1295 to 1832 the town returned 2 members to Parliament, and 1 member until 1885.


(John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "municipal borough, market town, and parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Launceston CP       Launceston Borough       Cornwall AncC
Place: Launceston

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