St Just Cottages
St Just, Britain’s most westerly town, is situated within one of Cornwall’s many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, only 8 miles from Penzance. Originally the centre of the tin mining industry on the peninsula, the area’s past is reflected in the disused engine houses perched on clifftops and granite cottages which predominate the landscape.
Surrounding St Just are many prehistoric sites; Geevor Tin Mining Museum is definitely worth a visit, as this was the last mine to close in this part of the county. The old Crown Mine at nearby Botallack also features in the popular TV series, Poldark, set in a spectacular position overlooking the rocky coastline.
St Just is also home to the Lafrowda festival, a community and arts celebration usually held in mid-July. Lafrowda is the ancient name for the church lands where St Just stands today. The annual festival first took place in 1996 and now extends over two weeks of workshops and events finishing in Lafrowda day itself. The festival attracts around 8,000 visitors and is now a well-established part of the St Just calendar.