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Lands' End

Lands' End

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: 010347.dd.1

Item number: 0

Length: 9

Width: 12.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

“And now one flight more brings the crow to Pedn-an-Laaz, the Land’s End, that great pile of granite that thrusts itself forward, the very bowspit of England, into the Atlantic waves. Its great cliffs are darkened with the salt spray of the sea mists, its caverns moan ceaselessly as with the voices of imprisoned spirits. Gulls and cormorants watch on its ledges and clefts for the bodies of the drowned that are cast on shore. Those strange rocks, the Shark’s Fin and the Armed Knight, rise breast high in the yeasty sea, like giants wading out to the cluster of rocks where the Longships Lighthouse raises its beacon star. On a clear morning from the Land’s End a keen eye can just distinguish the islands of Scilly, nine leagues distant, like faint blue clouds in the horizon.”

Text by Walter Thornbury from the book ‘A Tour Round England’

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