Inventors of the unique Cornish Tin & Gold™ and Cornish Tin & Silver™ jewellery, containing genuine shipwrecked Tin. We are a proud independent family run Cornish jewellers, going back four generations, since 1890!

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Helston & Furry Dance

About Helston

The bustling market town of Helston lies midway between Falmouth and Penzance at the junction of the A394 and A3083, which serves the Lizard Peninsula to the south. Ideally located for exploring South West Cornwall, Helston has plenty for visitors of all ages.

As you explore the town you’ll see a mixture of Georgian and Victorian architecture, one outstanding feature being The Monument at the end of Coinagehall Street, built in 1834 to the memory of Humphry Millet Grylls. A Helston banker and solicitor, his actions kept open the local tin mine, Wheal Vor, and saved 1200 jobs.

Walking up Coinagehall Street, you’ll pass the Blue Anchor, a thatched building, originally a monks’ rest house, which became a tavern in the 15th century. Miners received their wages in the pub, which is possibly the oldest private brewery in the country (beware the local brew, Spingo!).

Further up, you’ll find one of the oldest buildings in Helston, the Angel Hotel, and the former town house of the celebrated Godolphins who represented Helston in Parliament for many years.

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The Furry Dance

Perhaps Helston’s greatest claim to fame is the internationally famous festival of the Furry, or Flora Dance. This is held every year on May 8th unless that day falls on a Sunday or Monday, when it is held on the preceding Saturday.

You’ll probably have to park outside the town and walk in. Thousands of visitors throng the streets all day and there’s a carnival atmosphere from dawn to well into the night.

You’ll find the town decked out with bluebells, gorse, laurel leaves and colourful flags. Dancing begins at 7.00 am, and at 8.30 there’s the mummers’play known as the Hal-an-Tow, at several venues throughout the town. Watch St George and St Michael slay the Dragon and the Devil, cheered on by a crowd dressed in Lincoln green and Elizabethan robes.

The children of the town dance at 10.00 am, at midday there’s the principal dance, with invited participants in top hats, tails and dress gowns; and a final dance at 5.00 pm. The dancers weave in and out of the shops, houses and gardens behind the Helston Band playing the famous Flora Dance tune.

The origins of the dance are certainly pre-Christian and are connected with ancient spring festivals all over Europe. Nowadays its ancient intention of ushering in prosperous harvests goes hand in hand with the splash of colour all over the town, the joyous music and high spirits of all involved.

We manufacture our own unique range of jewellery designed by Sarah Corbridge depicting the beautiful Lily of the Valley flower – the official emblem of Flora Day worn by all dancers. Our collection is made with our unique alloy of Cornish Tin & Gold, Cornish Tin & Silver and pewter. within the collection we have necklaces, earrings, brooches, charms, cufflinks, hat-pins and flower holders. As well as, in our Helston store we have for sale our collection of Lily of Valley engraved glassware, including wine glasses, tumblers, whiskey, tankards, vases, tea light holders and bowls.

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