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Hugh Town

Location

Stmarysios Map

OS Ref: SV 903 106

Last Visited: 2012

Hugh Town from Buzza Hill

Hugh Town from Buzza Hill

The settlement at Hugh Town began to grow in the sixteenth century along the base of the headland originally known as The Hugh, from the Cornish ugh meaning high, on which Elizabeth I had built the Star Castle. This headland is now always referred to as The Garrison.

It gradually expanded along the narrow sandbar joining the Garrison to the main island of St Maryʼs, and up the hills on the other side, taking over from Old Town as the major settlement on the Islands.

Town Beach Hugh Town

Town Beach
Hugh Town


It is now the 'capital' of the islands and the only substantial town. Hugh Town harbour has the only quay capable of taking boats the size of the Scillonian III, and is the hub from which the off-island ferry services run.

It has the islands only supermarket (a Co-op) as well as the hospital, the main school buildings and the Police Station.

Town Beach

Town Beach

As for the future, if sea levels continue to rise, Hugh Town is going to be in trouble; many of the older buildings are only a few feet above sea-level.

Catch it whilst you can, before the Garrison becomes a separate island from the rest of St Maryʼs linked only by a tidal causeway.

Buzza Tower

Location

Stmarysios Map

OS Ref: SV 906 103

Last Visited: 2012

Buzza Tower

Buzza Tower

Originally built as windmill in 1834 to replace the earlier an earlier one on Peninnis Head, it was restored in 1911 as a memorial to the King Edward VIIʼs visit to the islands. It stands on a kerbed platform which probably incorporates the remains of a Bronze Age cairn excavated by William Borlase during the 18th century.

At the time of writing (2012) plans to convert the tower into a camera obscura were well and truly bogged down in the planning process

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St Mary's Lifeboat Station

Location

Stmarysios Map

OS Ref: SV 905 107

Last Visited: 2012

The Lifeboat Station

The Lifeboat Station

The lifeboat no longer lives in St Maryʼs Lifeboat Station. The Whitheads, a modern Severn Class boat, is moored out in the bay and the lifeboat station is used to house the RIB they use to get out to it.

Perched on the end of the rocky outcrop known as Carn Thomas, the station is generally open to the public, subject to operational considerations.

There are the usual set of boards recording the many rescues carried out by the St Maryʼs crews, which have resulted in them receiving fifty-six awards for gallantry. There is also a small display of model lifeboats and other bits and pieces.

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Isles of Scilly Museum

Location

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OS Ref: SV 904 105

Last Visited: 2012

Model Boats in the Museum

Model Boats in the Museum

A Shard

A Shard

The Isles of Scilly Museum is the Scillyʼs only indoor attraction to speak of, and gets very busy when itʼs raining.

Fortunately there is plenty to see, as the place is crammed from floor to ceiling with displays on every conceivable aspect of Scilly life.

Well worth a visit, but, if truth be told, they could do with a bit more space - or fewer exhibits.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Isles of Scilly Museum
      Mentions admission charges under 'Membership' but not opening hours. In 2012 they were April to September 1000-1200 & 1330-1630, plus 1930-2100 May to September only.
      http://www.iosmuseum.org/

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