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|Helston is a town in Cornwall.
One of the
he Cornish names for Helston is Hellys. The name comes from the Cornish
hen lis which means old court. It is mentioned in
the 11 th
It is twinned with Sasso Marconi in Italy.
The town is in the Lizard Peninsular and is approximartely 9 miles from Falmouth so really near the bottom of Cornwall and not far from Lands End.
The charter given to Helston was given by King John over 800 years ago in 1201.
Helston is famous for its Furry Dance which is also known as the Flora Dance. which may date from a long time ago back in mediaeval times. The dance may have originated from pre Christian days to do with the passing of winter and in the same day Hal an Tow takes place which may refer to Spring. Hal an Tow may date from as far back as the middle ages.
Tin used to be weighed in Helston to work out the dutty payable to the king.
Helston is also known for the Helston Town Band which is famous.
St Michaels church is in Helston and has a bell tower.
The Helstonn Folk Museum contains some references to Helstons past.