the most westerly town in England.
It’s a place of contrast with a unique sense of community – where incomers have been welcomed but heritage is celebrated, and ground-breaking artistic activity is fused with the Cornish heritage.
Against the backdrop of the ocean and the ever-changing Atlantic light, the little granite town of St Just always manages to shine. Surrounded by breathtaking coastline, green fields and windswept heath, it’s just a stone’s throw from England’s only cape, Cape Cornwall, and a few miles from Land’s End.
Over the centuries this remote community has adapted to circumstance, evolved and moved on. Evidence of the past is everywhere, from ancient standing stones to ruined engine houses. Prosperity and uncertainty came hand in hand for the miners. When prices fell, or adventure beckoned, many emigrated to the New World – and newcomers would arrive in St Just.
The last mine in the district closed less than a generation ago, but today St Just is thriving again. A vibrant creative community has evolved, with more than 50 working artists and craftspeople living in the town. Many open their studios or show in local shops and galleries. St Just has a population of around 4000, 5 pubs, 2 Schools, 3 churches, a youth centre and numerous art galleries and craft outlets, shops and cafes. At its heart is the Plen an Gwarry – or playing place – where feast days and festivals have been celebrated, mystery plays performed, and where John Wesley preached.
Each July the Plen comes to life again for the Lafrowda Festival.