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Tours > England's West Country > St. Ives

St. Ives - Cornwall

St. Ives. Wikipedia photo

Three hundred and twenty miles southwest of London (trains from Paddington; buses from Victoria; by road M4 to Bristol, then M5 to Exeter and A30 west), a former major centre of the pilchard industry, and later for the export of tin and copper, St. Ives is now a center for artists of every hue and stripe. Their presence has been augmented by an influx of weavers, potters and other craftsmen. The town's narrow streets, heavily congested by hordes of tourists in the summer months, have names such as Salubrious and Teetotal. In the 15th century church is a Madonna and Child by sculptress Barbara Hepworth, many of whose works are found in the Trewyn Studio and Garden. Other places of interest are the Barnes Museum of Cinematography, the St. Ives Tate Gallery, and the Leach Pottery just outside town in the little village of Higher Stennack.

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