'SPEED TO THE WEST' | 'The Bodmin Railway joins the Cornish main line at Bodmin Parkway to Bodmin Town. Why not enjoy one of their many theme weekends, treat yourself to a steam and cream tea ride or walk down town to Bodmin Jail and the playpark.' ✫ღ⊰n
Men, women and children were caged here cell by cell in Bodmin Gaol in desperately harsh and grim conditions, often their minimal crimes being met with cruel and unforgiving sentences demanded by the local magistrates of the time. In total isolation, ruthless enforcement of absolute silence, the terrible discomfort of a solid plank bed, a meagre diet of bread and gruel and perhaps an onion. Public executions in the forboding prison at Bodmin were not uncommon and people flocked to watch .
One of Cornwall’s oldest towns, Bodmin has had its fair share of trail blazing moments. The Cornish Rebellion started here in 1497 when 15,000 Cornishmen marched on London. It was in Bodmin that the pretender to the English throne Perkin Warbeck was proclaimed King Richard IV in the same year, and another uprising in 1549 saw Bodmin at the centre of the Prayer Book Rebellion.