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Launceston Old Cornwall Society



President: Mr Robert Tremain 01566 772164


Chairman: Mr John Ellacott  01566 776142


Secretary: Mr John Neale 01566 774683.


Treasurer: Mr Bill Roberts 01566 774227





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Our meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Royal British Legion Branch HQ,

Edymead, Westgate Street, Launceston PL15 7AE


Meetings begin at 7.30 pm  


Subscriptions £10 per annum


Visitors always welcome







Founded: 1946


Colours: Royal Blue & Gold


Launceston new Launceston. 1824 (12) Launceston 2018-19

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The newest Old Cornwall Society, Cury and Gunwalloe, inaugurated in November 2018 chose Launceston as the destination for their first full-day pilgrimage. The day was co-ordinated by Miss Priscilla Oates President of the visiting society and John Neale Hon Sec Launceston Old Cornwall Society supported by members Robert Tremain, Bill Roberts, John Ellacott and Ray Hunkin. The group met at the Eagle House Hotel for morning coffee when Mr Tremain, requested guide for the day gave a comprehensive history of the town. The tour kicked off with a short visit to the castle, Doomsdale and Castle Street. Moving on to St. Mary’s church various exterior features were mentioned, the clock, the first public clock in Cornwall, the granite carvings and the reclining figure of St. Mary Magdalene, the famous church Minstrels and lantern cross. Then via Blind Hole the party reached the Southgate arch and Angel Hill where the story of a Bishop when visiting the town heard the choir singing and he imagined that he was in Heaven with the angels singing. Since that time the incline has been known as Angel Hill. The history of the south gate arch was explained, as was Chings Alley and Southgate Street birthplace of Philip Gidley King. Reaching the Square the history of several building was explained. The visitors were surprised to learn that there is a reservoir under the square.  After lunch Mr Tremain and the Launceston members met the guests at St. Mary’s church. Inside, the history and the stories of the numerous features were mentioned. The group then took a leisurely stroll down Northgate street to the old Northgate Inn and the Passemore Edwards Library. On St. Thomas Hill the visitors were particularly interested to see the slate-hung house where once the young Charles Causley lived with his mother.  Reaching the old railway bridge the party were lucky to see the visiting Indian locomotive standing in the station. Pressing on the group were interested in the history of the roundhouse and the market cross where among other sites in the town Royal proclamations were made and the results of elections were declared. Reaching the Prior’s bridge over the river Kensey, Mr Tremain paused to read verses from the poem. “By St Thomas Water” by Charles Causley who was born nearby. The party then visited St. Thomas church and the Priory. The whole walking-tour was laced with humorous anecdotes and personal memories and interjections from the visitors. The group then returned to the Eagle House Hotel for cream tea.  Mr Tremain and the Launceston members were thanked by Miss Oates on behalf of the visitors, for their hospitality and a most interesting and memorable visit to Launceston.                    



                                                                   John Neale

                                                                   Hon Sec.

                                                                   Launceston Old Cornwall Society