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Launceston is a town near the A30 road in Cornwall, England. In 2001 there were 7,135 people living in Launceston.[1] The parish church is dedicated to St Mary Magdalen.

Launceston is just over one mile (1.6 km) west of the River Tamar which marks the border between Cornwall and Devon[2] and is often referred to as the "gateway to Cornwall".

The Norman ruler of Cornwall built a castle here which is now in ruins. Until the early 19th century it was the county town of Cornwall.

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