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The town lies on the A38 trunk road from Plymouth to South Cornwall, and has a station on the railway line from Plymouth to Penzance. Lostwithiel's most notable buildings are St Batholomew's Church and Restormel Castle. There is a small museum devoted to the history of the town. Once a stannery town, and for a period the most important in the country, it is now much decayed. There is a fine early fourteenth century bridge with five pointed arches, and nearby the remains of the Stannery 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 Guildhall has an arcaded ground floor. The old Grammar School has been converted into dwellings.
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