town ("parish"), North Cornwall district, administrative and historic county of Cornwall, England. The town lies on the edge of Bodmin Moor, a barren heathland covering an area of 80 square miles (207 square km). Bodmin grew around the main road to Land's End. The Cornish trade in tin, which was mined locally from Roman times, led to Bodmin's medieval development as a "coinage," with the privilege of taxing tin bars. Most of the town is built of local stone. The Perpendicular-style church is named after St. Petroc, a Celtic missionary of the 6th century. Pop. (2001) 12,881.
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