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Bodmin: Pride and Place
Bodmin Beacon
Bodmin Beacon

What are your memories of Bodmin; the former county town of Cornwall?

How should the town develop in the future?

Get involved with Bodmin: Pride and Place!

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+ Bodmin has three railway stations!

+ The Shire Hall is where the Cornwall County Council was formed.

+ The trial and murder of the legendary Charlotte Dymond is now the subject of a son et lumiere in one of Bodmin's court rooms.
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There is an 18th Century Cornish saying which states 'into Bodmin and out of the world'!

Whilst the modern Bodmin is very much of 'this world' its character and distinctiveness as a settlement reflects its former role as County Town. Steeped in history, the medieval landscape still peeks out from beneath its modern facade onto which has been grafted today's settlement. This mix of old and new is also reflected in the profile of residents with many people having been drawn to the town over the last 40 years. In the current world Bodmin represents a forward thinking and evolving community.

Bodmin plaque
A tribute to Quiller Couch

If you were to ask a Bodmin resident to say something about the town then the chances are that 'the Beacon' would feature in their reply. This reference is to a high windswept hill at the centre of the town which occupies the daily landscape and dominates the skyline. On this small furzey down people have lived for years. You can sense this by the connecting road names of Crinnicks Hill (gorse sticks collected for the fire) and Turfdown (turf cutting for fuel). For others it's a memory of a stolen kiss with an American GI or the darkness of the recent Eclipse.

Bodmin DCLI
The DCLI Centre

Over the past 10 years the Beacon has been managed by Bodmin Town Council and North Cornwall District Council as a Local Nature Reserve. The project has been attempting to re-create part of the historic landscape of the town and to involve people in its development and future. This year in tandem with other local groups a new three year initiative has been launched called Bodmin: Pride and Place. Its aim is to strengthen the towns unique landscape and cultural identity and to use creativity to heighten its sense of place.

Bodmin market
How do you see Bodmin market being developed in the future?

The first year of the project is called the 'gathering' with the aim of collecting memories, thoughts, images and perceptions from everyone and anyone within and without the town. This information will then be used in years two and three to deliver the project's aims. In addition to working with local groups the aim is to reach out to as many people as possible and the organisers would be delighted if you felt you could help them.

Do you have an interesting story to tell about Bodmin? It might be the first time you 'beat the bounds' or won a prize at the poultry fair? It could be the story behind a street or field name or perhaps you have a good local accent and a selection of family sayings? It might be your family originated from Bodmin and then left for pastures abroad? Whatever your story or contribution they'd would love to hear from you.

Please contact either david.attwell@ncdc.gov.uk or sarah.wilce@ncdc.gov.uk for further information.


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