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In Cornwall, England is the civil parish and town of Helston. It is located at the United Kingdom's Lizard Peninsula's northern end. It is the southern most town in the United Kingdom. The town turned 800 years old in 2001, with the celebration of the granting of its Charter. This makes it the second oldest town in Cornwall, just behind Marazion. The town was once known for its cattle market and tin-mining industry but now is known for its yearly Furry Dance or, how it is known locally, the Flora Dance. The dance dates back to medieval times.
Helston is located on the Rover Cober's banks. It was a busy port at one time but when access to the see was blocked with a sand bar, the port declined. The sand bar, named Loe Bar, formed Loe Pool which is the largest freshwater lake that has been created naturally. While this change was damaging to Helston, it was not lethal. The town remained to prosper with the tin mining, coining and cattle industries. Even after the port was closed, several businesses kept the Customs and Excise maintaining a Customs House. It is now the Angel Hotel.
There are many churches in Helston, including St. Michael's Church, a church with humble stained glass windows and a bell tower that is tall enough to be heard through the entire town. The graveyard that surrounds the church has a monument to Henry Trengrouse. Trengrouse invented a device that aids in the saving of people who have been ship wrecked called a rocket fire safety line. The first triple world boxing champion, Bob "Ruby Robert" Fitzsimmons was born in Helston.
In 1949 the Helston folk museum was founded and is located in a building that was originally made in 1837 as the town's Market House. There were two different building constructed, one for butter and eggs, the other for the meat market. At the end of Coinagehall Street there is the Grylls Monument which was built in 1834 by public subscription as a thank you to a local banker, Humphry Millet Grylls, who had halted to closure of the local mine Wheal Vor. The mine employed over a thousand people at that time.
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