St Just in Penwith

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Market Square, St Just

St Just in Penwith (or St Just) is a town and parish in the far west of Cornwall, United Kingdom. The parish includes the town of St Just and the nearby settlements of Trewellard, Pendeen and Kelynack: it is bounded by the parishes of Morvah to the north-east, Sancreed and Madron to the east, St Buryan and Sennen to the south and by the sea in the west. The town of St Just is the most westerly town in mainland Britain and is about eight miles (12.7 km) west of Penzance along the A3071 road. St Just parish has a population of 4690. The parish church is a fine 15th century building.

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St Just is one of the most ancient mining districts in Cornwall and remains of ancient pre-industrial and more modern mining activity have had a considerable impact on the nearby landscape. The area was during the 19th century one of the most important mining districts in Cornwall both for copper and tin. Mines within the area included Levant Mine, Botallack, and Geevor Tin Mine (which closed in 1990) It was announced in July 2006 that the St Just mining district and the rest of the historic mining areas of Cornwall had become the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site.[1]

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