PENZANCE is the gate of Land's End, and the Great Western Railway Company holds
The drive from Penzance to Sennen, the last and therefore the first village in
Englandthe real village of Land's Endis an up-and-down one, even switchbacky
at places, and very sinuous. In several places it winds sharply like the curves
in a capital " S." I am glad to say that recently many of these exceedingly
sharp angles and quite dangerous curves have been rounded off, and the highway
in consequence much improved in safeness and easy going for horse and motor vehicle.
What did in old days does not suit the present time of rapid motors and much increased
The Penzance road going to Land's End passes, just on leaving the town, the municipal
buildings and Town Hall on the righta fine edifice well set back from the
road where is also a small museum of antiquitieschiefly local.
At the commencement the way is through some fine Gothic arches of trees and past
high-banked hedges where grow luxuriantly honeysuckle, ferns, and bramble. The
mildness of the climate is evidenced at once by the dracenas, aloes, castor-oil
plants, Australian gum trees, and other quite sub-tropical plants growing in the
open in gardens and on the hedges on the outskirts of the town.
At the foot of one of the hills are a pretty avenue of trees and a trout stream,
a bridge, and one or two picturesque cottages. Buryas Bridge is one of those picture
bits which have often been seen at the Royal Academy and at other picture shows,
it being quite handy for the little colony of artists resident at Newlyn close
As we near Sennen the landscape becomes tame and flat, Buryan Church is seen on
the left, and Sennen Church also, long before it is near.
Houses scattered about over the bare, moor-like downs c 17