Sunday, 14 September 2008

The lizard

The lizard is famous for the local serpentine stone, a unique metamorphic rock which is dark green veined with red and white. Serpentine ornaments were particularly fashionable in Victorian times but the village still has several serpentine turners working during the season. There are several craft shops, gift shops and galleries. This is also an area which boasts a number of scuba diving schools.
Lizard Point in Cornwall is the southernmost tip of the Lizard Peninsula. It is the southernmost tip of Great Britain, at 49°57' N, and, with the exception of parts of the Isles of Scilly is the southernmost part of England. The tiny villages of The Lizard and Landewednack are located about half a mile (0.8 km) north of the point, but the nearest settlement of any substantial size is Helston, 11 miles (18 km) to the north.Beautiful view of lizard point, however strong winds and hidden rocks had made this place very dangerous. Behind me is the famous serpentine looking rocks (below).Lizard Point is for many ships the starting point of their ocean passage and a notorious shipping hazard. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution operates a lifeboat station at Kilcobben Cove, two miles (approx. 3 km) northeast of the point. The station features a funicular line to transport lifeboatmen from the boathouse to the clifftop station car park. The Lizard lighthouse is situated at Lizard Point. Immediately below the lighthouse, situated in what used to be a hotel is the Lizard Youth Hostel.The Lizard Lighthouse, on Lizard Point in Cornwall, United Kingdom, was built in 1619, but the inability to collect dues from passing ships forced its closure in 1623. In 1762, Trinity House built a two-tower, coal-fired station, which it leased for 61 years to a Thomas Fonnerau. The coal fires were replaced by Argand oil lights in 1812, and they in turn replaced in 1878 by generator-powered electricity.In 1903, the two tower system was stopped, and a single flashing light used. This has a white flash every 3 seconds and a range of 25 miles. The fog horn gives 2 blasts every 60 seconds

Tomorrow, I'll post our last batch of picture, stay tuned!

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