infobox UK place
region= South West England
population= 2,739 (Census 2001 [ [http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=7&b=792905&c=Lostwithiel&d=16&e=15&g=431205&i=1001x1003x1004&k=parish+headcounts&o=1&m=0&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779 Neighbourhood Statistics ] ] )
constituency_westminster= South East Cornwall
Lostwithiel ( _kw. Lostwydhyel) is a
civil parishand small townin Cornwall, England, United Kingdomat the head of the estuaryof the River Fowey. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 2,739.
The town lies on the
A390 roadfrom Tavistock to Truro. Lostwithiel railway stationis on the Cornish Main Line from Plymouthto Penzance. It is situated on the south side of the town, just across the medieval bridge. The line was originally built for the Cornwall Railwaywhich built its main workshops here, but the surviving workshop buildings were transformed into apartments in 2004. A branch line takes china clay trains to Fowey.
Lostwithiel's most notable buildings are St Bartholomew's Church and
Restormel Castle. There is a small museum devoted to the history of the town. Once a stannary town, and for a period the most important in Cornwall, it is now much reduced in importance. There is a fine early fourteenth century bridge with five pointed arches, and nearby the remains of the Stannary Court, with its Coinage Hall - this was the centre of royal authority over tin-mining, and 'coinage' meant the knocking off of the corner of each block of tin for the benefit of the Duchy of Cornwall. The small Guildhallhas an arcaded ground floor. The old Grammar Schoolhas been converted into dwellings.
Lostwithiel is a historic borough. The Lostwithiel constituency elected two members to the
Unreformed House of Commons, but was disenfranchised by the Reform Act 1832. It remained a municipal boroughuntil the 1960s, when it became a civil parish.
The town boasts a number of annual cultural activities. There is a week long carnival in the summer. In May the town participates in a competition with neighbouring villages, each town/village erects a large pole and the people of the other villages try to steal the poles. On New Year's Eve there is a masked procession around the town. The town has a playing field known as King George V Playing Field. Lostwithiel has several large parks. Coulson Park was named after
Nathaniel Coulsonwho was raised in Lostwithiel after being abandoned by his father.
There are two primary schools in Lostwithiel: St Winnow C E School and Lostwithiel Primary School. The majority of children aged between 11 and 16 attend Fowey Community College.
Origin of the name
The origin of the name Lostwithiel is a subject much debated. In the 16th century it was thought that the name came from the Roman name "Uzella", translated as "Les Uchel" in Cornish. In the 17th century popular opinion was that the name came from a translation of "Lost" (a tail) and "Withiel" (a lion), the lion in question being the lord who lived in the castle.
Current thinking is that the name comes from the Old Cornish "Lost Gwydeyel" meaning "The place at the tail end of the forest". The view from
Restormel Castlelooking towards the town shows how this may have come to be.
Lostwithiel railway stationtrains operated by First Great Westernrun approximately every two hours towards Plymouth or Penzance. Some through services to and from London Paddington stationand those operated by CrossCountrybetween Penzance and Scotlandalso stop. National Expressprovides a regular coach service to London which run via Plymouth for connections to other destinations. The coach stop is located outside the Royal Talbot Hotel.
A shoppers bus to St Austell operated by
Truronian(service T24) runs four journeys (Monday to Friday) via Luxulyanwith stops close to the Eden Project& China Clay Country Park. Stops in Lostwithiel are outside the Royal Talbot Hotel & Cott Road phone box.
Battle of Lostwithiel
List of topics related to Cornwall
* [http://lostwithiel.eu Lostwithiel]
* [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/Cornwall/Lostwithiel/index.html GenUKI page]
* [http://cornovia.org.uk/htexts/boger01.html Lostwithiel Bridge and its Memories - The Reverend Canon E Boger, 1887]
* [http://www.oldcornwall.org/lostwithiel.htm Lostwithiel OCS]
* [http://crocat.cornwall.gov.uk/dserve/dserve.exe?dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqCmd=Overview.tcl&dsqSearch=((text)='lostwithiel') Cornwall Record Office Online Catalogue for Lostwithiel]
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