Launceston’s Important Dates

College of Secular Canons at St. Stephens : c 930
Castle built : c 1070
Priory Founded : c 1120
Assize held at Launceston : 1177
First Charter granted : c 1200
Charter of Henry III : 1230
St. Stephen’s Church dedicated : 1259
St. Thomas Church mentioned : 1294
First Members of Parliament returned : 1295
Visit by the Black Prince : 1353
St. Mary Magdalene Church mentioned : 1373
Charter confirmed by Henry IV : 1399
Charter confirmed by Henry V : 1415
Charter confirmed by Henry VII : 1487
St. Mary Magdalene (second) Church built : 1511
Charter confirmed by Henry VIII : 1515
Priory dissolved : 1540
Charter confirmed by Edward VI : 1546
Grammar School founded : 1548
Newport returns Members of Parliament : 1552
Great Charter of Phillip and Mary : 1555
Trial of Agnes Prest : 1558
Borough granted arms : 1573
Execution of Cuthbert Mayne : 1577
Charles I visits the town : 1644
Prince Charles HQ : 1644
Town captured by the Parliamentarians : 1645
Cromwell visits the town : 1645
George Fox imprisoned : 1656
Charles II grants Charter : 1682
James II reduces towns privileges : 1684
White Hart mentioned : 1700
Horwell’s charity founded : 1707
Presbyterian meeting house erected in Castle Street : 1712
John Wesley’s first visit : 1743
Wesleyan meeting house built : 1787
Wesleyan Chapel built : 1796
First Sunday Schools at Launceston : 1801
Third Wesleyan Chapel built : 1810
Savings Bank established : 1818
First Bible Christian Conference held at Launceston : 1819
Last execution in Launceston : 1821
Exeter Road made : 1823
Horwell’s School built at Newport : 1823
Congregational Chapel built : 1826
First piped water scheme : 1827
Newport ceases to return Members of Parliament : 1832
Gas introduced : 1834
Priory remains found : 1834
Tamar Terrace made : 1834
New Road (St. Thomas Road) made : 1834
The Northgate demolished : 1834
First meeting of the Town Council : 1836
Queen of Portugal’s visit : c 1837
(New) Workhouse built : 1837
Assizes last held at Launceston : 1838
National School built : 1840
Market House built : 1840
Old Guildhall demolished : 1840
Board of Health formed : 1847
Cholera outbreak at Launceston : 1849
The Weekly News’ founded : 1856
East Cornwall Times’ founded : 1857
Grammar School built : 1861
Castle Green levelled : 1862
First Railway opened : 1865
Dunheved Road made : 1869
Present Wesley Church built : 1870
Infirmary built : 1871
First School Board elected : 1871
Dunheved College founded : 1872
Volunteer Fire Brigade formed : 1872
Broad Street Fire (several house destroyed) : 1875
The first ‘Cornish and Devon Post’ published : 1877
The Grammar School and Horwell School amalgamate : 1876
Freemasons Hall built : 1877
Salvage Corps formed : 1879
Oddfellows Hall built : 1880
Guildhall built : 1881
County Police introduced into the borough : 1883
Southgate converted into a museum : 1884
Last election of a Member of Parliament for the borough : 1885
North Cornwall Railway (Halwill to Launceston) opened : 1886
Town Hall built : 1887
Roman Catholic Church built : 1887
Enlargement of borough : 1889
Mr. Gladstone visits the town : 1889
The Great Blizzard : 1891
Windmill pleasure grounds opened to public : 1895
Bray Down water scheme built : 1895
Bible Christian Chapel built : 1897
Jubilee swimming baths (Underlane) opened : 1898
New Cattle Market opened : 1900
Public Library opened : 1900
Castle leased to the Council : 1901
Visit of the Prince of Wales to the town : 1909
Windmill School opened : 1913
Conservative Club built : 1914
Butter Market demolished : 1921
War Memorial dedicated : 1921