Land's End

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Coordinates: 50°4′7″N 5°42′58″W / 50.06861°N 5.71611°W / 50.06861; -5.71611

Land's End (Cornish name: Pedn an Wlas) is a headland and small settlement in west Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is located on the Penwith peninsula approximately eight miles (13 km) west-southwest of Penzance[1].

Land's End is the extreme south-westerly point of the British mainland, and the extreme westerly point of the mainland of England.

The Longships, a group of rocky islets are just over a mile offshore. The Isles of Scilly lie approximately 28 miles (45 km) southwest of Land's End – the mythical lost land of Lyonesse (referred to in Arthurian literature) was supposedly located between Scilly and the mainland.

Land's End has a particular resonance because it is often used to suggest distance. Land's End to John o' Groats in Scotland is a distance of 838 miles (1,349 km) by road and defines the length of races, walks or charitable events. See also Land's End to John o' Groats.

In 1769 the Antiquarian, William Borlase wrote:

"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[citation needed]. He sold both Land's End and John o' Groats for an undisclosed sum to businessman Graham Ferguson Lacey in 1991.[citation needed] The current owners purchased Land’s End in 1996 and formed a company named Heritage Attractions Limited[citation needed]. Attractions at the theme park include children's playgrounds and recorded music. Twice a week in August there are firework displays. Nearby is the Land's End Hotel.[2]

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