About Marazion Cornwall.
Marazion is located four miles from Penzance and boasts a delightful town, a wonderful beach, St Michaelís Mount and the Marazion Marsh, a large reed bed designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Marazion is one of the oldest chartered towns in Cornwall with its first charter of incorporation being granted by Henry III in 1257 and then reaffirmed on 13th June 1595 by Queen Elizabeth.
There are several theories about the origin of its name and it is often thought to have Jewish connections The most popular theory is that it originates from the Cornish Marghas Byhgan meaning little market and the pronunciation changed over the years until it became Marazion.
Until the late medieval period Marazion was a major town of some importance with visitors like the pilgrims to the Benedictine Monastery on St. Michael's Mount who stayed in the town until they could cross the causeway. Business was successful here because until more recent times the main trunk road from London terminated here with minor roads leading on to Penzance and Helston. The development of the railway bought people to the mild climate and sea bathing became very popular. Fishing was at this time an important industry for local people and although Marazion did not have a harbour the one on St. Michael's Mount was used to land the catches.
Also because of the climate the area is suited to agriculture with crops such as potato and broccoli being harvested early in the season as a source of income for the local economy.
St Michaels Mount can be reached at low tide via the causeway on foot. If the tide times are not convenient then a ferry is required. Ferries leave from three points, Gwelva, Chapel Rock or the Harbour depending on the tide.
St Michael's Mount is often called the jewel in Cornwall's crown and receives visitors from all over the world. The Mount has been the home of the St Aubyn family for over 300 years. There is an exotic garden that clings to the steep flanks of the mount and an ancient harbour with shops, restaurants and there is also an audio-visual presentation on the history of the Mount.
On the Penzance side of Marazion is Marazion Marsh which a large reed bed that has now been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The area is host to a wide variety of animal, bird and plant life. There are guided walks of the marsh available from the nearby car park. The RSPB Reserve here is popular with twitchers and visitors alike. Twice every year thousands of starlings roost at the reserve and their arrival en masse as the sun goes down is a spectacular sight.
The seaside town of Marazion enjoys a wonderful position on the shores of Mount's Bay. It is recognised as one of the top ten most beautiful bays in the world there are clean sandy beaches that offer safe bathing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and birdwatching.
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