Lelant

Lelant (emphasis on the last syllable, Cornish: Lalant) is a village in the former district Penwith the county of Cornwall in England at the mouth of the river Hayle and belongs to the community of 3 miles away St Ives. The train station of Lelant is the starting point for park-and-ride to St Ives. First mentioned in writing this place was in 1170 as Lananta. The name of the place, formed from the Cornish words Lann and the saint St. Anta, means place of the church of St. Anta. In the Middle Ages Lelant had a harbor at the river mouth, but soon silted up. Today, the mouth of the Hayle is a salt marshland and can only be used by light vessels at high tide. In the sand dunes in front of the estuary lies the Gothic church of St Uny, named after the Irish missionary Uny from the 6th century and built in the 15th century. Since they were constantly at risk of being overwhelmed by the dunes, extensive plantations of beachgrass grass were established to consolidate the sand dunes. Immediately adjacent to the church lies the golf course of the West Cornwall Golf Club in the dunes. The writer Rosamunde Pilcher was born in Lelant in 1924 and christened St Uny.

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