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Bodmin is the former county town of Cornwall. It was the only Cornish town to be recorded in the Domesday Book, which was actually lodged in the town’s prison during the First World War. The name is derived from Bod-minachau, meaning the home of monks, suggesting that it was originally a religious settlement. The entry in the Domesday Book records that the town was held by St Petroc’s Church and that there were 68 houses and a market in the 11th century.

The church was originally a Norman construction, although it was extensively rebuilt in the 15th century and restored again in the 19th century. In addition there was a large Abbey of Bodmin, of which only a few fragments and a fishpond survive today.

The oldest part of the town is composed of mainly granite buildings clustered around the towering Bodmin Beacon atop a windswept hill to the south of the town. The Beacon is a 144 feet tall obelisk in memory of Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert, a local town dignitory born in Priory House. It was erected in 1856 in recognition of his service in India. The area around the Beacon was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1994 with woodland and traditional hay meadow.

The county prison is now a museum open to the public. Bodmin Gaol was built in 1778, replacing the Debtor's Prison. It was the first prison in the country to have separate cells rather than communal accommodation. The jail was rebuilt twice in the following 100 years to cope with the increasing population of the town. Over the years there were 55 hangings in the prison, 51 of which were public - it was in fact the site of the last public hanging in Britain. in 1909. Bodmin Gaol closed in 1922.

The town expanded in the sixties and seventies, when people from the South East of England were re-housed in the area. This has given Bodmin a more 'cosmopolitan' atmosphere.

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