Difference between revisions of "Helston"
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Helston is in Cornwall, on the Lizard Peninsular.
The nearest National Rail station is Redruth on the main line, with buses connecting with trains operated by Truronian by First Bus Cornwall.
National Express coaches serve Helston on the way from London Victoria to Penzance.
There are council-operated car parks and on-street parking.
Helston is home to the famous Blue Anchor Inn, one of the oldest working pubs in Britain. Operating from the same location since the 15th Century, the Blue Anchor Inn is renowned for producing its famous Spingo. Popular with locals, the inn has retained its rustic and authentic atmosphere but is accommodating to all guests. Their annual 'Helstonbury' festival is always a high-point in their calendar.
The impressive Grylls Monument stands at the bottom of the town, in remembrance of Humphrey Millet Grylls, whose generosity prevented the closure of the local tin mine, saving 1200 jobs. More about Henry Grylls can be learned in the Helston Folk Museum. The Museum is considered to be amongst the best of its kind, and has facilities to entertain and educate guests of all ages.
A castle was erected in the 13th Century; believed to have been a fortified manor house, little is known of its existence other than it's construction by Edmund, 2nd Earl of Cornwall, and it's eventual fall into disrepair by the 15th century. A bowling green has been established in its place, near the Grylls Monument.
The Angel Hotel served as the town house for the venerable Godolphin family, who served Helston in Parliament for many years. The pub still has its original 40ft well sitting in the middle of its bar, intact since the 16th century. There have been consistent reports of supernatural activity during the many hundreds of years of the hotel's life.
The Guildhall sits in the centre of the main street, and has had various uses throughout its history. Today it serves as the town hall, and is regularly the venue for markets selling locally-sourced goods.
The birthplace of famous Boxing champion Bob Fitzsimmons is well-known in the town, its location marked with a commemorative plaque.
The ancient St. Michael's Church has a graveyard filled with headstones stretching back many centuries, and the street on which it sits (Church Street) has houses which pre-date the existence of some entire towns elsewhere in the country.
The bottom of the town is home to the Coronation Park and Boating Lake, a location it has held since the Victorian era. It is the last stop before you head out of the town towards Porthleven and the famous Loe Pool and Loe Bar.
The Furry Dance is an exceptionally popular event in the town. People travel from all across the world to witness the various dances through the day. The day itself is referred to as Flora Day.
The Lismore gardens are popular during the summer months, and prove to be an enjoyable time out for all the family.
The Coronation Boating Lake has a play park for the smaller children, as well as a cafe and boating lake. Boats can be hired in the summer months, and visitors can row out to the islands. Ducks and swans make the lake their home throughout the year, and the swans in particular can prove territorial. Seagulls are an ever-resent part of Cornish life, and can prove to be a frustration for people hoping to feed the ducks.