An early religious centre before the English arrived, Bodmin was probably Cornwall’s oldest town and its largest in the medieval period. The tenth century monastery had, by the 1100s, been transformed into an Augustinian priory, which developed the town. Bodmin became a coinage town in 1198.

Bodmin in the 1830s

Population 1861: 4,500

Population 2011: 14,700

Planned population 2031: 21,500

Bodmin in the 2010s: the town with the fastest planned growth in Cornwall