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Lizard, Cornwall

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Lizard, Cornwall

The Lizard is a peninsula in south Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The most southerly point of the British mainland is near Lizard Point at grid reference SW 701 115. Lizard village, the most southerly village on the British mainland, is in Landewednack, the most southerly civil parish. The peninsula measures approximately 14 miles x 14 miles . It is situated southwest of Falmouth ten miles (16 km) east of Penzance.
Administrative CountyCornwall
Traditional CountyCornwall
OS GridSW7012
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDevon and Cornwall

Other names by which Lizard, Cornwall has been known in the past

Lizard Point ~ Lizard The ~ Lizard Town ~ The Lizard ~ Lusart ~ Lisart

Lizard, Cornwall in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Lizard Point, or The Lizard, headland, in SW. of Cornwall, 12 miles S. of Helston, forming the most southerly promontory in England, alt. 186 ft. It is the Promontorium Damnonium of Ptolemy; the modern name is said to be a corruption of the Cornish Liazherd, "a projecting headland." The coast scenery here is striking and romantic. On the cliff are 2 lighthouses, each 61 ft. high, and with fixed light (Lizard) 230 ft. above high water and seen 21 miles.

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