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St Austell Named after the Cornish saint ‘St. Austol’ the earliest historical reference lies in the Doomsday Book (1086) which describes the Manor of Tewington as located near ‘St Awstle situate not farr from the head of Tywardreth baye, nare vnto Gwallon Downes’. Mining has always featured in the locale of St Austell, originally early settlers mined tin but later on with the discovery of copper new shafts were dug.

The demand was so great that in 1580 Queen Elizabeth I employed immigrant German miners, interestingly many names considered Cornish like Hore, Keast, Lobb, Sleeman, Starke and Waldron can all trace their ancestry back to this time. In 1782 the famous pottery manufacturer Josiah Wedgewood and a man named John Carthew formed the Cornish clay company. White clay mined in St Austell was perfect for their chinaware, bringing boom times to the area. By 1860 65,000 tons were being mined each year and the industry continued to grow.

Unfortunately for each tonne of useful clay 9 tonnes of waste was produced. The waste was left in heaps, which were jokingly called the 'Cornish Alps'. Today St Austell is undergoing an inner regeneration with help from the tourist industry, crowds now come not just to see the ‘Cornish Alps’ but a vast array of other attractions, ‘the Eden Project, Heligan Gardens, the China Clay Musuem, Charlestown and many more

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