The only cape in England
Three miles north of Land's End
Long thought to be the most westerly point in England, Cape Cornwall lies on the Atlantic coast about a mile west of the old mining town of St. Just. This dramatic headland, crowned by a handsome mining stack, is the only one in the country to be known as a cape. Formerly owned by Francis Oats - who died in 1918 and built Porthledden House nearby - the Cape was purchased for the nation by H. J. Heinz Company and was given to the National Trust in 1987, commemorated by a Heinz Baked Beanz label-shaped plaque set into the base of the chimney.
The area was mined extensively for tin and copper from about 1600. The chimney stack built in 1864 and crowning the promontory belonged to the Cape Cornwall Mine which opened in 1838, and was renovated in 1986. It was erected to improve the draught to the boiler house, now converted into a private house. The mine manager or 'captain' lived in the square-built house close by.
In the privately owned field below the Cape are the remains of a small medieval chapel, known as St. Helen's Oratory, possibly standing on an earlier Celtic site. Due south of the Cape is Priest's Cove where, for centuries, local fishermen have launched their small boats. About a mile south-west of the Cape are two jagged slate rocks known as The Brisons, said to resemble General De Gaulle lying in his bath. They have wrecked many ships over the years.
One mile from the Cape is the westernmost school on the British mainland, Cape Cornwall School. This is Cornwall's smallest secondary school with about 450 young people aged 11 to 16. Commonly known as "Cape", it is Cornwall's only school that specialises in art, photography and music. Most of its pupils come from the town of St. Just and the nearby villages of Pendeen, Sennen, St. Buryan, and St. Levan, but more than 10% travel to the school from Penzance and further east.
Only a five minute walk away is Cape Cornwall Golf & Country Club which has a licence for civil ceremonies and leads to a large sun patio that welcomes guests for reception drinks looking out to The Cape and the sunset.
Land's End Levant Beam Engine Geevor Tin Mine Pendeen Lighthouse
Botallack Botallack Mine St. Just Sennen Cove The Coastal Footpath