Strolling through St Austell
The beautiful market town of St Austell is situated on the south coast of Cornwall near the border with Devon. St Austell has always been a significant mining town but in the 18th century deposits of china clay were discovered nearby and the town became an important source of materials for producing porcelain and many other products. St Austell is also three hundred and ten miles from the Medusa Juice Vape Store in Peterborough, so you can enjoy the sights and still find time to check out everything our store has to offer. You won’t find a better range of e-liquids at amazing prices and we’re always adding new flavours to our collection, so be sure to visit regularly. And while you’re at one of the Medusa Juice Vape Stores, be sure to take a look at our range of high quality accessories and new clothing line.
The town is named after Saint Austol, a 6th century holy man from Cornwall who was brought into Christianity by Saint Mewan before later being ordained and ultimately canonised.
The town of St Austell is not mentioned in the Domesday Book, but it is referenced in writing from the 12th century. Starting out as a small market town, it became a centre for trade in South East Cornwall, holding weekly markets and annual fairs.
During the English Civil War, St Austell remained Royalist like most of Cornwall. But as the war turned against the king, St Austell was captured by the Parliamentarian army in 1646.
In the middle of the 18th century, large quantities of china clay were discovered in Hensbarrow downs, north of St Austell. Soon after the discovery clay mining became the principal industry of the area, overtaking tin and copper mining. The importance of china clay in the manufacture of porcelain as well as pharmaceuticals and paper made it highly sought after. St Austell experienced a significant growth of population and economy as people flocked to the town.
The clay industry experienced another boom during the industrial revolution as demand increased. St Austell attracted many workers from neighbouring tin and copper mines who were losing their jobs as the metal became cheaper elsewhere. The continued growth of the town led to increased trade and industry with many shops and factories opening in town. By the early 20th century St Austell was one of the most important commercial centres in Cornwall.
In recent decades tourism has become an increasingly important part of St Austell’s economy. The town’s location near beautiful beaches and attractions such as the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens make it an ideal place to visit.
The beauty of the Cornish coast is all around you as you enjoy St Austell. While taking in the picturesque countryside or the beautiful beaches, be sure to bring your vaping equipment and favourite e-liquids. The Medusa Juice Vaping Store in Peterborough is just a few hours away whenever you need to top up your supplies or explore our fantastic range of e-liquids. Whether you visit in person or take advantage of our convenient online store, be sure to check back regularly to keep up to date with the latest offers and contests as well as taking a look at the newest additions to our selection. You won’t find a better range of vaping products at such great prices and our new clothing line is a must if you’re looking for t-shirts or hoodies with great designs.
One of the many attractions drawing visitors to St Austell are the great beaches. The coastline around the town is dotted with sandy beaches with picturesque views and great facilities. If you’re looking to soak up the sun, take part in water sports or enjoy a little rock-pooling then you’re sure to be pleased.
On the subject of water sports, St Austell has a number of canoeing and diving centres as well as opportunities to hire surf boards. And if you prefer you can always enjoy a boat tour or go on a fishing trip.
The incredible Eden Project is just three miles out of St Austell and is a must-see for anyone in the area. The outdoor botanical gardens with plants and wildlife native to Cornwall are beautiful and the colossal enclosures containing different biomes are beyond belief. Spend some time in the Mediterranean biome or marvel at the rainforest environment which houses the largest rainforest in captivity.
As well as the Eden Project and the stunning countryside, St Austell is also home to great parks and gardens. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a set of historic gardens that were once forgotten but have been expertly restored in recent decades. And there’s more greenery nearby with lakes, a Japanese garden and a whole host of tea rooms to choose from.
There are plenty of activities nearby if you’re looking for hiking trails, art galleries or a piece of history. St Austell Brewery houses a museum exploring the history of the beers, wines and spirits of Cornwall. And younger visitors should check out Kidzworld and Cornish Market World, a covered outdoor leisure centre offering mini-golf, dodgems, pool tables and much more.
To learn about the history of the china clay industry visit Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park which tells the story of the industry that dominated the area. And the nearby village of Charlestown, just a mile out of town, is home to the Charlestown Shipwreck Centre which focuses on nautical history including smugglers, pirates and HMS Victory. There’s fascinating history all around you as you explore St Austell.
On your way out
While you’re admiring the town, remember that the Medusa Juice Vape Shop in Peterborough is just a few hours away if you want to top up your supplies. Check in regularly at one of our stores or convenient website for the latest e-liquids as well as offers and contests. And take a look at the fantastic range of vaping accessories and our new clothing line for more great deals.