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Bygone Helston and the Lizard

By (author) Jill Newton
Genres: Local history
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Imprint: Phillimore & Co Ltd
Published: 31st Dec 1989
Dimensions: w 190mm h 250mm d 20mm
Weight: 470g
ISBN-10: 0850336295
ISBN-13: 9780850336290
Barcode No: 9780850336290
Synopsis
Helston, gateway to the Lizard, has long been a market and coinage town serving the mining districts to the west and north. But no mining affected the peninsula, so that it was never changed by engine houses or rows of miners' cottages. It was a superstitious land of contrasts, often called the Gemini peninsula, where smuggling was rife. The Cornish language was spoken until well in the 17th century and old Celtic beliefs and customs still survive. The most famous is Helston's Furry Dance, with its roots in the pagan festival to welcome the Celtic summer.

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