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St Austell's prosperity began in 1784 when William Cookworthy discovered china clay at a time when demand from the pottery industry was very high. In order to take advantage of this burgeoning trade local entrepreneur Charles Rashleigh built the nearby port of Charlestown. Often used as the setting for film and television the port has a fascinating Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, and if you're lucky you may catch sight of one of the many visiting tall ships. St Austell’s White River Place is a smart development of shops which are complemented by a cinema, restaurants and contemporary apartments. Just out of town is the world renowned Eden Project, a global garden that shouldn’t be missed. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are another horticultural treat as they have been brought back to life after decades of dereliction.

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