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Helston is a town and civil parish in Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is situated at the northern end of the Lizard Peninsula approximately 19 km east of Penzance and 14.5 km southwest of Falmouth.
Helston is the most southerly town in the UK and is around 2.4 km further south than Penzance. In 2001, the town celebrated the 800th anniversary of the granting of its Charter, making it the second oldest town in Cornwall after Marazion. The town population is 9,780.
The former tin mining and cattle market town is best known for the annual Furry Dance (known locally as the Flora Dance), said to originate from the medieval period.
Helston is on the A394 road. To the west, the A394 leads to Penzance; to the northeast it leads to Penryn where it joins the A39 which leads south to Falmouth and northeast to Truro. The B3297 runs north from Helston to Redruth.
Helston has an oceanic climate, similar to the rest of the British Isles. It is, on an annualized basis, one of the mildest places in the country.
There are several churches including St. Michael's Church, a humble church with stained-glass windows and a tall bell tower which can be heard throughout the town.
The Helston folk museum, founded in 1949, occupies the building originally designed as the town's Market House in 1837, with two separate buildings—one for butter and eggs, the other the meat market. The exhibits are mostly concerned with Helston's agricultural and market town history. The museum also hosts art exhibitions and has a shop selling all things Cornish.
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The above information was obtained from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helston