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Saturday, 19 May 2012

Olympic torch route - Day 1 Land's End

Land's End
The most westerly point in England, looking out upon the wild waters of the Atlantic, with no land between it and America except the Scilly Islands, some 20 miles off-shore,They are clearly seen on clear evenings, when they take on the likeness of black spots on the sun as it sinks below the horizon,
The granite cliffs of Land's End are only some 60ft in height, and the scenery there is not so impressive as at Cape Cornwall, to the north, nor as the grand cliffs and rocks at Chair Ladder, Tol-pedn-Penwith and St Levan, to the south. But the spot is always visited in summer by crowds of excursionists. 
Penzance 10, John o'Groats 876 miles
London 303¾ miles 
          From The Dunlop Book 1920


Land's End is in the parish of Sennen, Cornwall. It is part of the Poor Law Union and registration district of Penzance, and the diocese of Exeter. There are browsable (but not indexed) images of the parish registers online at FamilySearch. These and other records are held at the Cornwall Record Office.

The parish contains a number of listed buildings, including the First and Last House at Land's End.  There is more information about Sennen on Vision of Britain, and historic photographs on the English Heritage Archives site. Cornwall is one of the counties with an Online Parish clerks site, where Sennen has its own page.

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