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Saint Austell(sŭnt ô`stəl;), town (1991 pop. 36,639), Cornwall, SW England, at the mouth of the Fowey River on St. Austell Bay. China clay (discovered there c.1755) is produced and exported, and tourism and fishing are important. The Eden Project has indoor and outdoor horticultural displays. Neighboring Fowey was a significant port in the 14th cent. The Haven was the residence of the writer Arthur Quiller-CouchQuiller-Couch, Sir Arthur Thomas
, pseud. Q, 1863–1944, English author. Among the novels of his native Cornwall are Dead Man's Rock (1887) and Hetty Wesley (1903), which are romantic in spirit yet distinguished for their clear and colorful style.
..... Click the link for more information. . Nearby at Pridmouth are fossils and minerals of geological interest. Castle Dore, to the north, is believed to be the castle of King Mark of Cornwall and thus is associated with the story of Tristram and Isolde.
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a town in SW England, in S Cornwall on St Austell Bay (an inlet of the English Channel): centre for the now-declining china clay industry; the Eden Project, a rainforest environment in the world's largest greenhouse, is nearby; administratively part of St Austell with Fowey 1968-1974. Pop. (with Fowey): 22 658 (2001)
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