St Austell History Tour takes the reader on a journey through the Cornish town of St Austell, which became the focus of mining prosperity from the Polgooth tin mine era in the eighteenth century. From the old Corn Exchange to the `Cornish Alps' and beyond, Valerie Jacob explains the history behind the town's well-known landmarks. Since then, St Austell has expanded further, with progressive new quarrying of china clay. Today, change in the townscape is a never-ending process, but reminders of its past remain.
Valerie Jacob was born and grew up near St Austell and has lived in the area all her life. In 1967 she was made a bard of the Cornish Gorsedd by examination in the Cornish language. She is a member of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, The Cornwall Archaeological Society and the West Country Writers' Association. She also belongs to two Old Cornwall Societies and holds the post of President for St Austell and Secretary for Pentewan. She is the author of St Austell Through Time.