Lostwithiel was founded in the twelfth century by the Norman lords who lived in Restormel Castle. The town prospered as the centre for the administration, testing and export of tin.
Lostwithiel grew in importance becoming the county town of Cornwall and home to the county's most significant port. The museum is housed in a listed Georgian building on Fore Street. It was originally the Corn Exchange. It has also been a school-room, a butchers, then a magistrate's court and the town jail. Nowadays the building houses the Guildhall above the museum. Founded in 1972, it is now is now a fully accredited museum and a registered charity, which is run entirely by volunteers.
18thC Merryweather Fire Engine
This is the largest exhibit in the museum. It was originally given to the town by the Earl Edgcumbe
Law and Order
This cabinet houses the stocks used in the town during the 18/19thC. Also on display are items from local policing and Cornwall Constabulary.
Model/toy of World War 1 Field Ambulance
This is a small but charming primitive toy.
Pottery Display Case
A mixed display case showing pottery and domestic items.
Admission & prices
We will open from 11th April 2016
11.00 - 4.00 Monday - Friday. Unfortunately we are at present unable to open on Saturdays.
During our closed period we can open for local events and festivals. Pre-booked visits can also be arranged.
Admission is free - but donations are welcomed.
Turn off the A390 road at the traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing into Fore Street (a one way street). The museum is a few yards down the road on the right. Limited street parking throughout the town. Free parking in the town car-park.
*Parking in the street, quayside and free town car-park. Lots of independent shops in the town.
* We sell a number of our own publications.
* The main room is fully accessible, but the rear room has limited access.
*Children's dressing-up box.
Every Wednesday afternoon during the season there is a guided walk starting at 2.00 from the Community Centre. No booking is necessary just pay your guide on joining the group. The guides are part of the museum volunteer team. All of the money raised is spent on maintaining and improving our small museum.
The museum has a strong emphasis on local social history.
Copies of photographs may be ordered, except for a few copyrighted items.
16 Fore Street
T: 01208 872303
16 Fore Street
Lostwithiel, CORNWALL PL22 0BW