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Land's End (Cornish name: Penn an Wlas) is a headland on the Penwithmarker peninsula, located near Penzancemarker in Cornwallmarker, Englandmarker, United Kingdommarker. It is the most westerly point of the English mainland; the westernmost point of the island of Great Britainmarker as a whole is Corrachadh Mòr, Ardnamurchanmarker, Scotlandmarker which is farther west. The most southerly point of Great Britain is not Land's End but Lizard Pointmarker, a few miles to the south-east.

Visible from Land's End is the Longships Lighthouse. The Longships, a few miles out, is a serpentine and quartz island. Offshore, midway between Land's End and the Isles of Scillymarker, is the supposed location of the mythical lost land of Lyonesse, referred to in Arthurian literature.

The name has a particular resonance because it is so often used in outlining the length of Britain when races, walks and charitable events take place between Land's End and the Scottishmarker village John o' Groatsmarker (the most north-easterly settlement in mainland Britain, distant by road). The phrase Land's End to John o' Groats is used both as a literal journey and as a metaphor for great or all-encompassing distance, similar to the American phrase coast to coast.

In 1769 The Antiquarian, William Borlase wrote that:

"Of this time we are to understand what Edward I. says (Sheringham. p.
129.) that Britain, Wales, and Cornwall, were the portion of Belinus, elder son of Dunwallo, and that that part of the Island, afterwards called England, was divided in three shares, viz.
Britain, which reached from the Tweed, Westward, as far as the river Ex; Wales inclosed by the rivers Severn, and Dee; and Cornwall from the river Ex to the Land's-End".

In 1987 Peter de Savary purchased Land’s End.He had two new buildings erected and much of the present theme park development was instigated by him.He sold both Land's End and John o' Groats for an undisclosed sum to businessman Graham Ferguson Lacey in 1991.

The current owners purchased Land’s End in 1996 and formed a company named Heritage Attractions Limited.


Image:LandsEnd.jpg|Land's End, the most westerly point in CornwallImage:Lands-End-Village.jpg|The tourist centre at Land's EndImage:Lands_End_Tourist_Centre.jpg|The tourist centre at Land's EndImage:Lands-End.jpg|The lighthouse off Land's EndImage:Land's End (looking south).jpg|Looking south from Land's EndImage:Land's End (looking west).jpg|Looking west from Land's EndImage:Land's End (looking north).jpg|Looking north from Land's End

See also

A map of land's end from 1946


  1. Lands End Landmark, Landsend. | South West Cornwall Holidays | The history of Land's End

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