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The Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
(/ˈsɪli/; Cornish: Syllan or Enesek Syllan) are an archipelago off the southwestern tip of Cornwall. One of the islands, St Agnes, is the most southerly point in both England
and the United Kingdom, being over 4 miles (6.4 km) further south than the most southerly point of the British mainland at Lizard Point. The population of all the islands at the 2011 census was 2,203.[2] Scilly forms part of the ceremonial county of Cornwall, and some services are combined with those of Cornwall. However, since 1890, the islands have had a separate local authority. Since the passing of the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
Order 1930, this authority has had the status of a county council and today is known as the Council of the Isles of Scilly. The adjective "Scillonian" is sometimes used for people or things related to the archipelago. The Duchy of Cornwall
owns most of the freehold land on the islands. Tourism is a major part of the local economy, along with agriculture—particularly the production of cut flowers.


1 History

1.1 Ancient history 1.2 Norse and Norman period 1.3 Later Middle Ages and early modern period 1.4 Governors of Scilly

2 Geography

2.1 Tidal influx 2.2 Climate 2.3 Geology

3 Fauna 4 Government

4.1 National government 4.2 Local government 4.3 Flags 4.4 Emergency services

5 Education 6 Economy

6.1 Historical context 6.2 Tourism

6.2.1 Ornithology

6.3 Employment 6.4 Taxation 6.5 Transport 6.6 Tenure

7 Culture

7.1 People 7.2 Sport 7.3 Media 7.4 Novels 7.5 Song

8 Notable people 9 See also 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links

History[edit] Ancient history[edit]

Looking across Tresco, the second-largest island

Scilly has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and until the early 20th century its history had been one of subsistence living. Farming and fishing continue, but the main industry now is tourism. The islands may correspond to the Cassiterides
(Tin Isles) visited by the Phoenicians and mentioned by the Greeks. However, the archipelago itself does not contain much tin—it may be that the islands were used as a staging post. It is likely that until relatively recent times the islands were much larger and perhaps joined together into one island named Ennor. Rising sea levels flooded the central plain around 400–500 AD, forming the current 55 islands and islets, if an island is defined as "land surrounded by water at high tide and supporting land vegetation".[3] The word Ennor is a contraction of the Old Cornish[4] En Noer (Moer, mutated to Noer), meaning 'the land'[4] or the 'great island'.[5] Evidence for the older large island includes:

A description written during Roman times designates Scilly "Scillonia insula" in the singular, indicating either a single island or an island much bigger than any of the others. Remains of a prehistoric farm have been found on Nornour, which is now a small rocky skerry far too small for farming.[6][7] There once was an Iron Age Britain
Iron Age Britain
community here that extended into Roman times.[7] This community was likely formed by immigrants from Brittany, probably the Veneti who were active in the tin trade that originated in mining activity in Cornwall
and Devon. At certain low tides the sea becomes shallow enough for people to walk between some of the islands.[8] This is possibly one of the sources for stories of drowned lands, e.g. Lyonesse. Ancient field walls are visible below the high tide line off some of the islands (e.g. Samson). Some of the Cornish language
Cornish language
place names also appear to reflect past shorelines, and former land areas.[9] The whole of southern England
has been steadily sinking in opposition to post-glacial rebound in Scotland: this has caused the rias (drowned river valleys) on the southern Cornish coast, e.g. River Fal
River Fal
and the Tamar Estuary.[7]

Offshore, midway between Land's End
Land's End
and the Isles of Scilly, is the supposed location of the mythical lost land of Lyonesse, referred to in Arthurian literature, of which Tristan is said to have been a prince. This may be a folk memory of inundated lands, but this legend is also common among the Brythonic peoples; the legend of Ys is a parallel and cognate legend in Brittany
as is that of Cantre'r Gwaelod in Wales. Scilly has been identified as the place of exile of two heretical 4th century bishops, Instantius and Tiberianus, who were followers of Priscillian.[10] Norse and Norman period[edit]

Olaf Tryggvason, who visited the islands in 986. It is said an encounter with a cleric there led him to Christianise Norway.

At the time of King Cnut, the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
fell outside England's rule, as did Cornwall
and Wales.

In 995, Olaf Tryggvason became King Olaf I of Norway. Born c. 960, Olaf had raided various European cities and fought in several wars. In 986 he (supposedly) met a Christian seer on the Isles of Scilly. He was probably Priscillian and a part of the tiny Christian community that was exiled here from Spain by Emperor Maximus
Emperor Maximus
for Priscillianism and their part in the Priscilline heresy. In Snorri Sturluson's Royal Sagas of Norway, it is stated that this seer told him:

Thou wilt become a renowned king, and do celebrated deeds. Many men wilt thou bring to faith and baptism, and both to thy own and others' good; and that thou mayst have no doubt of the truth of this answer, listen to these tokens. When thou comest to thy ships many of thy people will conspire against thee, and then a battle will follow in which many of thy men will fall, and thou wilt be wounded almost to death, and carried upon a shield to thy ship; yet after seven days thou shalt be well of thy wounds, and immediately thou shalt let thyself be baptised.

The legend continues that, as the seer foretold, Olaf was attacked by a group of mutineers upon returning to his ships. As soon as he had recovered from his wounds, he let himself be baptised. He then stopped raiding Christian cities, and lived in England
and Ireland. In 995, he used an opportunity to return to Norway. When he arrived, the Haakon Jarl was facing a revolt. Olaf Tryggvason persuaded the rebels to accept him as their king, and Jarl Haakon was murdered by his own slave, while he was hiding from the rebels in a pig sty. With the Norman Conquest, the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
came more under centralised control. About 20 years later, the Domesday survey was conducted. The islands would have formed part of the " Exeter
Domesday" circuit, which included Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire. In the mid-12th century, there was reportedly a Viking attack on the Isles of Scilly, called Syllingar by the Norse,[11] recorded in the Orkneyinga saga— Sweyn Asleifsson "went south, under Ireland, and seized a barge belonging to some monks in Syllingar and plundered it."[11] (Chap LXXIII)

...the three chiefs—Swein, Þorbjörn and Eirik—went out on a plundering expedition. They went first to the Suðreyar [Hebrides], and all along the west to the Syllingar, where they gained a great victory in Maríuhöfn on Columba's-mass [9 June], and took much booty. Then they returned to the Orkneys.[11]

"Maríuhöfn" literally means "Mary's Harbour/Haven". The name does not make it clear if it referred to a harbour on a larger island than today's St Mary's, or a whole island. It is generally considered that Cornwall, and possibly the Isles of Scilly, came under the dominion of the English Crown late in the reign of Æthelstan
(r. 924–939). In early times one group of islands was in the possession of a confederacy of hermits. King Henry I (r. 1100–35) gave it to the abbey of Tavistock who established a priory on Tresco, which was abolished at the Reformation.[12] Later Middle Ages and early modern period[edit]

Scilly was one of the Hundreds of Cornwall
(formerly known as Cornish Shires) in the early 19th century.

Scilly Isles: map by John Bartholomew (1874)

At the turn of the 14th century, the Abbot and convent of Tavistock Abbey petitioned the king,

stat[ing] that they hold certain isles in the sea between Cornwall
and Ireland, of which the largest is called Scilly, to which ships come passing between France, Normandy, Spain, Bayonne, Gascony, Scotland, Ireland, Wales
and Cornwall: and, because they feel that in the event of a war breaking out between the kings of England
and France, or between any of the other places mentioned, they would not have enough power to do justice to these sailors, they ask that they might exchange these islands for lands in Devon, saving the churches on the islands appropriated to them.[13]

William le Poer, coroner of Scilly, is recorded in 1305 as being worried about the extent of wrecking in the islands, and sending a petition to the King. The names provide a wide variety of origins, e.g. Robert and Henry Sage (English), Richard de Tregenestre (Cornish), Ace de Veldre (French), Davy Gogch (possibly Welsh, or Cornish), and Adam le Fuiz Yaldicz (Spanish?). It is not known at what point the islanders stopped speaking the Cornish language, but the language seems to have gone into decline in Cornwall
beginning in the Late Middle Ages; it was still dominant between the islands and Bodmin
at the time of the Reformation, but it suffered an accelerated decline thereafter. The islands appear to have lost the old Celtic language before parts of Penwith
on the mainland, in contrast to the history of Irish or Scottish Gaelic. During the English Civil War, the Parliamentarians captured the isles, only to see their garrison mutiny and return the isles to the Royalists. By 1651 the Royalist governor, Sir John Grenville, was using the islands as a base for privateering raids on Commonwealth and Dutch shipping. The Dutch admiral Maarten Tromp
Maarten Tromp
sailed to the isles and on arriving on 30 May 1651 demanded compensation. In the absence of compensation or a satisfactory reply, he declared war on England
in June. It was during this period that the Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War started between the isles and the Netherlands. In June 1651, Admiral
Robert Blake recaptured the isles for the Parliamentarians. Blake's initial attack on Old Grimsby
Old Grimsby
failed, but the next attacks succeeded in taking Tresco and Bryher. Blake placed a battery on Tresco to fire on St Mary's, but one of the guns exploded, killing its crew and injuring Blake. A second battery proved more successful. Subsequently, Grenville and Blake negotiated terms that permitted the Royalists to surrender honourably. The Parliamentary forces then set to fortifying the islands. They built Cromwell's Castle—a gun platform on the west side of Tresco—using materials scavenged from an earlier gun platform further up the hill. Although this poorly sited earlier platform dated back to the 1550s, it is now referred to as King Charles's Castle. During the night of 22 October 1707, the isles were the scene of one of the worst maritime disasters in British history, when out of a fleet of 21 Royal Navy ships headed from Gibraltar
to Portsmouth, six were driven onto the cliffs. Four of the ships sank or capsized, with at least 1,450 dead, including the commanding admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell. There is evidence for inundation by the tsunami caused by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.[14] The islands appear to have been raided frequently by Barbary pirates to enslave residents to support the Barbary slave trade.[15] Governors of Scilly[edit] Main article: List of Governors of Scilly An early governor of Scilly was Thomas Godolphin, whose son Francis received a lease on the Isles in 1568. They were styled Governors of Scilly and the Godolphins and their Osborne relatives held this position until 1834. In 1834 Augustus John Smith acquired the lease from the Duchy for £20,000.[16] Smith created the title Lord Proprietor of the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
for himself, and many of his actions were unpopular. The lease remained in his family until it expired for most of the Isles in 1920 when ownership reverted to the Duchy of Cornwall. Today, the Dorrien-Smith estate still holds the lease for the island of Tresco.

1568–1608 Sir Francis Godolphin (1540–1608) 1608–1613 Sir William Godolphin of Godolphin (1567–1613) 1613–1636 William Godolphin (1611–1636) 1636–1643 Sidney Godolphin (1610–1643) 1643–1646 Sir Francis Godolphin of Godolphin (1605–1647) 1647–1648 Anthony Buller (Parliamentarian) 1649–1651 Sir John Grenville (Royalist) 1651–1660 Joseph Hunkin[17] (Parliamentary control) 1660–1667 Sir Francis Godolphin of Godolphin (1605–1667) (restored to office) 1667–1700 Sidney Godolphin, 1st Earl of Godolphin
Sidney Godolphin, 1st Earl of Godolphin
(1645–1712) 1700–1732 Sidney Goldolphin (1652–1732) 1733–1766 Francis Godolphin, 2nd Earl of Godolphin
Francis Godolphin, 2nd Earl of Godolphin
(1678–1766) 1766–1785 Francis Godolphin, 2nd Baron Godolphin (1706–1785) 1785–1799 Francis Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds
Francis Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds
(1751–1799) 1799–1831 George Osborne, 6th Duke of Leeds
George Osborne, 6th Duke of Leeds
(1775–1838) 1834–1872 Augustus John Smith (1804–1872) 1872–1918 Thomas Algernon Smith-Dorrien-Smith
Thomas Algernon Smith-Dorrien-Smith
(1846–1918) 1918–1920 Arthur Algernon Dorrien-Smith
Arthur Algernon Dorrien-Smith


Location of the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly

The five wards (which are also the civil parishes) of the Isles of Scilly; red is St Agnes, blue is Bryher, orange is Tresco, green is St Martin's, and grey is St Mary's.

The Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
form an archipelago of five inhabited islands (six if Gugh
is counted separately from St Agnes) and numerous other small rocky islets (around 140 in total) lying 45 km (28 mi) off Land's End.[18] The islands' position produces a place of great contrast—the ameliorating effect of the sea, greatly influenced by the North Atlantic Current, means they rarely have frost or snow, which allows local farmers to grow flowers well ahead of those in mainland Britain. The chief agricultural product is cut flowers, mostly daffodils. Exposure to Atlantic winds also means that spectacular winter gales lash the islands from time to time. This is reflected in the landscape, most clearly seen on Tresco where the lush Abbey Gardens on the sheltered southern end of the island contrast with the low heather and bare rock sculpted by the wind on the exposed northern end. Natural England
has designated the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
as National Character Area 158.[19] As part of a 2002 marketing campaign, the plant conservation charity Plantlife
chose sea thrift (Armeria maritima) as the "county flower" of the islands.[6][20] This table provides an overview of the most important islands:

Island Population (Census 2001) Area (km²) Main settlement

St Mary's 1,666 6.58 Hugh Town

Tresco 180 2.97 New Grimsby

St Martin's (with White Island) 142 2.37 Higher Town

St Agnes (with Gugh) 73 1.48 Middle Town

Bryher (with Gweal) 92 1.32 The Town

Samson -(1) 0.38  

Annet  – 0.21  

St. Helen's  – 0.20  

Teän  – 0.16  

Great Ganilly  – 0.13  

remaining 45 islets  – 0.57  

Isles of Scilly 2,153 16.37 Hugh Town

(1) Inhabited until 1855. In 1975 the islands were designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The designation covers the entire archipelago, including the uninhabited islands and rocks, and is the smallest such area in the UK. The islands of Annet and Samson have large terneries and the islands are well populated by seals. The Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
are the only British haunt of the lesser white-toothed shrew (Crocidura suaveolens), where it is known locally as a "teak" or "teke".[21] The islands are famous among birdwatchers for their ability to attract rare birds from all corners of the globe. The peak time of year for this is generally in October when it is not unusual for several of the rarest birds in Europe to share this archipelago. One reason for the success of these islands in producing rarities is the extensive coverage these islands get from birdwatchers, but archipelagos are often favoured by rare birds which like to make landfall and eat there before continuing their journeys and often arrive on far flung islands first. Tidal influx[edit] The tidal range at the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
is high for an open sea location; the maximum for St Mary's is 5.99 m (19.7 ft). Additionally, the inter-island waters are mostly shallow, which at spring tides allows for dry land walking between several of the islands. Many of the northern islands can be reached from Tresco, including Bryher, Samson and St Martin's (requires very low tides). From St Martin's White Island, Little Ganilly and Great Arthur are reachable. Although the sound between St Mary's and Tresco, The Road, is fairly shallow, it never becomes totally dry – but according to some sources it should be possible to wade at extreme low tides. Around St Mary's several minor islands become accessible, including Taylor's Island on the west coast and Tolls Island on the east coast. From Saint Agnes, Gugh
becomes accessible at each low tide, via a tombolo. Climate[edit]

St. Mary's Heliport (1981–2010)[22]

Climate chart (explanation)


    95     10 6

    70     10 6

    62     11 7

    55     12 7

    48     15 9

    48     17 12

    63     19 14

    67     20 14

    67     18 13

    97     15 11

    96     12 9

    98     10 7

Average max. and min. temperatures in °C

totals in mm

Imperial conversion


    3.7     49 43

    2.7     49 43

    2.4     51 44

    2.1     54 45

    1.9     58 49

    1.9     63 53

    2.5     67 57

    2.6     67 57

    2.7     64 55

    3.8     58 51

    3.8     54 47

    3.9     51 44

Average max. and min. temperatures in °F

totals in inches

The Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
has a temperate Oceanic climate
Oceanic climate
(Köppen climate classification Cfb), and has one of the mildest climates in the United Kingdom. The average annual temperature is 11.8 °C (53.2 °F) in comparison to London, where it is 11.6 °C (52.9 °F). Winters are among the warmest in the country due to the moderating effects of the ocean, and despite being on exactly the same latitude as Winnipeg
in Canada, snow and frost are extremely rare. Summers are not as warm as on the mainland. The Scilly Isles are one of the sunniest areas in the southwest with on average 7 hours per day in May. The lowest temperature ever recorded was −7.2 °C (19.0 °F) and the highest was 27.8 °C (82.0 °F).[23] The maximum snowfall was 23 cm (9 in) on 12 January 1987.[24] It has never recorded a temperature below freezing between May and November.

Climate data for St Mary's Heliport, 1981–2010 averages

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 15.1 (59.2) 15.0 (59) 18.5 (65.3) 20.8 (69.4) 23.6 (74.5) 26.1 (79) 27.8 (82) 26.8 (80.2) 24.3 (75.7) 19.9 (67.8) 17.4 (63.3) 15.3 (59.5) 27.8 (82)

Average high °C (°F) 9.7 (49.5) 9.7 (49.5) 10.8 (51.4) 12.3 (54.1) 14.5 (58.1) 17.1 (62.8) 19.2 (66.6) 19.7 (67.5) 18.0 (64.4) 14.7 (58.5) 12.1 (53.8) 10.4 (50.7) 14.02 (57.24)

Daily mean °C (°F) 8.0 (46.4) 7.9 (46.2) 8.8 (47.8) 9.8 (49.6) 12.0 (53.6) 14.5 (58.1) 16.5 (61.7) 16.9 (62.4) 15.5 (59.9) 12.7 (54.9) 10.3 (50.5) 8.7 (47.7) 11.8 (53.23)

Average low °C (°F) 6.2 (43.2) 6.0 (42.8) 6.7 (44.1) 7.2 (45) 9.4 (48.9) 11.9 (53.4) 13.8 (56.8) 14.1 (57.4) 12.9 (55.2) 10.6 (51.1) 8.5 (47.3) 6.9 (44.4) 9.52 (49.13)

Record low °C (°F) −7.2 (19) −4.3 (24.3) −1.6 (29.1) −0.4 (31.3) 3.5 (38.3) 6.8 (44.2) 9.7 (49.5) 8.6 (47.5) 8.4 (47.1) 5.5 (41.9) 2.3 (36.1) −2.8 (27) −7.2 (19)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 94.8 (3.732) 69.7 (2.744) 61.7 (2.429) 54.6 (2.15) 47.8 (1.882) 47.8 (1.882) 63.4 (2.496) 67.2 (2.646) 67.4 (2.654) 96.6 (3.803) 95.9 (3.776) 98.2 (3.866) 865.1 (34.06)

Average precipitation days 14.5 13.0 11.5 10.4 8.5 6.9 8.9 9.7 10.2 14.4 14.9 15.2 138.1

Mean monthly sunshine hours 58.8 79.8 124.4 192.4 218.5 206.3 204.1 203.4 160.1 113.0 74.6 54.4 1,689.8

Source: Met Office[25]


Geological map of western Cornwall, with the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly

All the islands of Scilly are all composed of granite rock of early Permian
age, an exposed part of the Cornubian batholith. The Irish Sea Glacier terminated just to the north of the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
during the last Ice Age.[26][27] Fauna[edit] Main article: Fauna of the Isles of Scilly Government[edit]

The Scillonian Cross, the flag of the Isles of Scilly.

Saint Piran's Cross, the flag of Cornwall. The Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
were one of the Hundreds of Cornwall, and although they have been administratively separate since 1890, they are still part of the ceremonial county of Cornwall.

National government[edit] Politically, the islands are part of England, one of the four countries of the United Kingdom. They are represented in the UK Parliament as part of the St Ives constituency. As part of the United Kingdom, the islands are part of the European Union
European Union
and are represented in the European Parliament
European Parliament
as part of the multi-member South West England
constituency. Local government[edit] See also: Council of the Isles of Scilly Historically, the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
were administered as one of the hundreds of Cornwall, although the Cornwall
quarter sessions had limited jurisdiction there. For judicial purposes, shrievalty purposes, and lieutenancy purposes, the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
are "deemed to form part of the county of Cornwall".[28] The archipelago is part of the Duchy of Cornwall[29] – the duchy owns the freehold of most of the land on the islands and the duke exercises certain formal rights and privileges across the territory, as he does in Cornwall
proper. The Local Government Act 1888
Local Government Act 1888
allowed the Local Government Board
Local Government Board
to establish in the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
"councils and other local authorities separate from those of the county of Cornwall"... "for the application to the islands of any act touching local government." Accordingly, in 1890 the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
Rural District Council (the RDC) was formed as a sui generis unitary authority, outside the administrative county of Cornwall. Cornwall
County Council provided some services to the Isles, for which the RDC made financial contributions. The Isles of Scilly Order 1930[30] granted the Council the "powers, duties and liabilities" of a county council. Section 265 of the Local Government Act 1972 allowed for the continued existence of the RDC, but renamed as the Council of the Isles of Scilly.[31][32] This unusual status also means that much administrative law (for example relating to the functions of local authorities, the health service and other public bodies) that applies in the rest of England applies in modified form in the islands.[33] The Council of the Isles of Scilly
Council of the Isles of Scilly
is a separate authority to the Cornwall
Council unitary authority, and as such the islands are not part of the administrative county of Cornwall. However the islands are still considered to be part of the ceremonial county of Cornwall. With a total population of just over 2,000, the council represents fewer inhabitants than many English parish councils, and is by far the smallest English unitary council. As of 2015[update], 130 people are employed full-time by the council[34] to provide local services (including water supply and air traffic control). These numbers are significant, in that almost 10% of the adult population of the islands is directly linked to the council, as an employee or a councillor.[35] The Council consists of 21 elected councillors — 13 of whom are returned by the ward of St Mary's, and two from each of four "off-island" wards (St Martin's, St Agnes, Bryher, and Tresco). The latest elections took place on 2 May 2013; all 20 elected were independents (one seat remained vacant).[36] The council is headquartered at Town Hall, by The Parade park in Hugh Town, and also performs the administrative functions of the AONB Partnership[37] and the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.[38] Some aspects of local government are shared with Cornwall, including health, and the Council of the Isles of Scilly
Council of the Isles of Scilly
together with Cornwall Council form a Local Enterprise Partnership. In July 2015 a devolution deal was announced by the government under which Cornwall
Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly
Council of the Isles of Scilly
are to create a plan to bring health and social care services together under local control. The Local Enterprise Partnership is also to be bolstered.[39] Flags[edit]

The Scillonian Cross flying above St Mary's Church in Hugh Town.

Two flags are used to represent Scilly:

The Scillonian Cross, selected by readers of Scilly News in a 2002 vote and then registered with the Flag Institute
Flag Institute
as the flag of the islands.[40][41][42] The flag of the Council of the Isles of Scilly, which incorporates the council's logo and represents the council.[40]

An adapted version of the old Board of Ordnance flag has also been used, after it was left behind when munitions were removed from the isles. The "Cornish Ensign" (the Cornish cross with the Union Jack in the canton) has also been used.[40][43] Emergency services[edit] The Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
form part of the Devon
and Cornwall
Police force area. There is a police station in Hugh Town. The Cornwall
Air Ambulance helicopter provides cover to the islands.[44] The islands have their own independent fire brigade – the Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue Service – which is staffed entirely by retained firefighters on all the inhabited islands. Education[edit] Main article: List of schools on the Isles of Scilly Education is available on the islands up to age 16. There is one school, the Five Islands School, which provides primary schooling at sites on St Agnes, St Mary's, St Martin's and Tresco, and secondary schooling at a site on St Mary's. Secondary students from outside St Mary's live at a school boarding house (Mundesley House) during the week. In 2004, 92.9% of pupils (26 out of 28) achieved five or more GCSEs at grade C and above, compared to the English average of 53.7%.[45] Sixteen- to eighteen-year-olds are entitled to a free sixth form place at a state school or sixth form college on the mainland, and are provided with free flights and a grant towards accommodation. Post eighteen, suitably qualified students attend universities and colleges on the mainland. Economy[edit] Historical context[edit] Since the mid-18th century the Scillonian economy has relied on trade with the mainland and beyond as a means of sustaining its population. Over the years the nature of this trade has varied, due to wider economic and political factors that have seen the rise and fall of industries such as kelp harvesting, pilotage, smuggling, fishing, shipbuilding and, latterly, flower farming. In a 1987 study of the Scillonian economy, Neate found that many farms on the islands were struggling to remain profitable due to increasing costs and strong competition from overseas producers, with resulting diversification into tourism. Recent statistics suggest that agriculture on the islands now represents less than 2% of all employment.[46][47][48] Tourism[edit]

The Daymark
(daylight version of a lighthouse) on St Martins, the nearest point to the mainland of Cornwall.

Today, tourism is estimated to account for 85% of the islands' income. The islands have been successful in attracting this investment due to their special environment, favourable summer climate, relaxed culture, efficient co-ordination of tourism providers and good transport links by sea and air to the mainland, uncommon in scale to similar-sized island communities.[49][50] The majority of visitors stay on St Mary's, which has a concentration of holiday accommodation and other amenities. Of the other inhabited islands, Tresco is run as a timeshare resort, and is consequently the most obviously tourist-oriented. Bryher and St Martin's are more unspoilt, although each has a hotel and other accommodation. St Agnes has no hotel and is the least-developed of the inhabited islands. The islands' economy is highly dependent on tourism, even by the standards of other island communities. “The concentration [on] a small number of sectors is typical of most similarly sized UK island communities. However, it is the degree of concentration, which is distinctive along with the overall importance of tourism within the economy as a whole and the very limited manufacturing base that stands out.”[47] Tourism is also a highly seasonal industry owing to its reliance on outdoor recreation, and the lower number of tourists in winter results in a significant constriction of the islands' commercial activities. However, the tourist season benefits from an extended period of business in October when many birdwatchers ("birders") arrive. Ornithology[edit] Because of its position, Scilly is the first landing for many migrant birds, including extreme rarities from North America and Siberia. Scilly is situated far into the Atlantic Ocean, so many American vagrant birds will make first European landfall in the archipelago. Scilly is responsible for many firsts for Britain, and is particularly good at producing vagrant American passerines. If an extremely rare bird turns up, the island will see a significant increase in numbers of birders. This type of birding, chasing after rare birds, is called "twitching". The islands are home to ornithologist Will Wagstaff. Employment[edit] The predominance of tourism means that "tourism is by far the main sector throughout each of the individual islands, in terms of employment... [and] this is much greater than other remote and rural areas in the United Kingdom”. Tourism accounts for approximately 63% of all employment.[47] Businesses dependent on tourism, with the exception of a few hotels, tend to be small enterprises typically employing fewer than four people; many of these are family run, suggesting an entrepreneurial culture among the local population.[47] However, much of the work generated by this, with the exception of management, is low skilled and thus poorly paid, especially for those involved in cleaning, catering and retail.[51] Because of the seasonality of tourism, many jobs on the islands are seasonal and part-time, so work cannot be guaranteed throughout the year. Some islanders take up other temporary jobs ‘out of season’ to compensate for this. Due to a lack of local casual labour at peak holiday times, many of the larger employers accommodate guest workers, who come to the islands for the summer to have a ‘working holiday’. Taxation[edit] The islands were not subject to income tax until 1954, and there was no motor vehicle excise duty levied until 1971.[52] Transport[edit]

An electric golf buggy on St Mary's; these are road licensed and available for hire, as are bicycles, for use on public roads on the island.

Scillonian III
Scillonian III
in St Mary's Harbour

St Mary's is the only island with a significant road network and the only island with public highways; in 2005 there were 619 registered vehicles on the island. The island also has taxis and a tour bus. Vehicles on the islands are exempt from annual MOT tests.[53][54][55] Roads and streets across Scilly have very few signs or markings, and route numbers (of the three A roads on St Mary's) are not marked at all. Air access to the islands is via St Mary's Airport. Fixed-wing aircraft services, operated by Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
Skybus, operate from Land's End, Newquay
and Exeter.[56] The scheduled helicopter service, which previously linked Penzance Heliport
Penzance Heliport
with St Mary's Airport and Tresco Heliport, ceased at the end of October 2012; Tresco Heliport
Tresco Heliport
is now closed to scheduled services. By sea, the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company
Isles of Scilly Steamship Company
provides a passenger and cargo service from Penzance
to St Mary's, which is currently operated by the Scillonian III
Scillonian III
passenger ferry, supported until summer 2017 by the Gry Maritha
Gry Maritha
cargo vessel and now by the Mali Rose. The other islands are linked to St. Mary's by a network of inter-island launches.[57] St Mary's Harbour
St Mary's Harbour
is the principal harbour of the Isles of Scilly, and is located in Hugh Town. Tenure[edit] The freehold land of the islands is the property of the Duchy of Cornwall
(except for Hugh Town
Hugh Town
on St Mary's, which was sold to the inhabitants in 1949). The duchy also holds 3,921 acres (16 km2) as duchy property, part of the duchy's landholding.[58] All the uninhabited islands, islets and rocks and much of the untenanted land on the inhabited islands is managed by the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
Wildlife Trust, which leases these lands from the Duchy for the rent of one daffodil per year.[59] The trust currently has four full-time salaried staff and 12 trustees, who are all residents of the Isles. The full trust board is responsible for policy whilst a management team is responsible for day-to-day administration. Its small income and the small number of staff have led to the trust adopting a policy of recruiting volunteers to help it carry out its extensive work programme. While volunteers of all ages are welcome, most are young people who are studying for qualifications in related fields, such as conservation and land management. Limited housing availability is a contentious yet critical issue for the Isles of Scilly, especially as it affects the feasibility of residency on the islands. Few properties are privately owned, with many units being let by the Duchy of Cornwall, the council and a few by housing associations. The management of these subsequently affects the possibility of residency on the islands.[60] The Duchy Tenants Association was formed in 1996 by a number of tenants of the Duchy of Cornwall. Housing demand outstrips supply; a problem compounded by restrictions on further development designed to protect the islands' unique environment and prevent the infrastructural carrying capacity from being exceeded. This has pushed up the prices of the few private properties that become available and, significantly for the majority of the islands' populations, it has also affects the rental sector where rates have likewise drastically increased.[61][62] High housing costs pose significant problems for the local population, especially as local incomes (in Cornwall) are only 70% of the national average, whilst house prices are almost £5,000 higher than the national average. This in turn affects the retention of ‘key workers’ and the younger generation, which consequently affects the viability of schools and other essential community services.[49][62] The limited access to housing provokes strong local politics. It is often assumed that tourism is to blame for this, attracting newcomers to the area who can afford to outbid locals for available housing. Many buildings are used for tourist accommodation which reduces the number available for local residents. Second homes are also thought to account for a significant proportion of the housing stock, leaving many buildings empty for much of the year.[63] Culture[edit] People[edit] Main articles: Cornish people
Cornish people
and English people According to the 2001 UK census, 97% of the population of the islands are white British,[1] with nearly 93% of the inhabitants born in the islands, in mainland Cornwall
or elsewhere in England.[64] Since EU enlargement in 2004, a number of eastern Europeans have moved to the island, joining the Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans who traditionally made up most of the islands' overseas workers. By 2005, their numbers were estimated at nearly 100 out of a total population of just over 2,000.[65] The Isles have also been referred to as 'the land that crime forgot', reflecting lower crime levels than national averages.[66] Sport[edit] One continuing legacy of the isles' past is gig racing, wherein fast rowing boats ("gigs") with crews of six (or in one case, seven) race between the main islands. Gig racing has been said to derive from the race to collect salvage from shipwrecks on the rocks around Scilly, but the race was actually to deliver a pilot onto incoming vessels, to guide them through the hazardous reefs and shallows. (The boats are correctly termed "pilot gigs"). The World Pilot Gig Championships are held annually over the May Day bank holiday weekend. The event originally involved crews from the Islands and a few crews from Cornwall, but in the intervening years the number of gigs attending has increased, with crews coming from all over the South-West and further afield.[67] The Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
feature what is reportedly the smallest football league in the world, the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
Football League.[68] The league's two clubs, Woolpack Wanderers and Garrison Gunners, play each other 17 times each season and compete for two cups and for the league title. The league was a launching pad for the Adidas
"Dream Big" Campaign[69] in which a number of famous professional footballers (including David Beckham) arrive on the island to coach the local children's side. The two share a ground, Garrison Field, but travel to the mainland for part of the year to play other non-professional clubs. In December 2006, Sport England
published a survey which revealed that residents of the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
were the most active in England
in sports and other fitness activities. 32% of the population participate at least three times a week for 30 minutes or more.[70] There is a golf club with a nine-hole course (each with two tees) situated on the island of St Mary's, near Porthloo
and Telegraph. The club was founded in 1904 and is open to visitors.[71] Media[edit] The islands are served by a radio and television transmitter at Telegraph, on St Mary's, which is a relay of the main transmitter at Redruth
(Cornwall) and broadcasts BBC Radio
BBC Radio
1, 2, 3, 4 and BBC
Radio Cornwall
and the range of Freeview television and BBC
radio channels known as 'Freeview Light'.[72] Radio Scilly, a community radio station, was launched in September 2007. There is no local newspaper; Scilly Now & Then is a free community magazine produced eight times a year and is available to mainland subscribers while The Scillonian is published twice yearly and reports matters of local interest. There is an active news forum on the news and information websites scillytoday.com[73] and thisisscilly.com.[74] Internet access is available across the inhabited islands by means of superfast fibre broadband by BT. The islands connected via fibre are St. Mary's, Tresco and Bryher. St. Martins, St. Agnes and Gugh
are connected via a new fibre microwave link from St. Mary's, with fibre cabinets on each island, including Gugh. Mobile phone coverage is available across the archipelago, with 2G, 3G and 4G services available across all islands, although coverage does vary between operators. Vodafone and O2 provide strong 4G coverage across all the islands, whilst EE's is somewhat limited beyond Gugh towards St. Agnes. Three provide 3G coverage to all the islands, and 4G is due shortly. The Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
were featured on the TV programme Seven Natural Wonders as one of the wonders of South West England. Since 2007 the islands have featured in the BBC
series An Island Parish, following various real-life stories and featuring in particular the newly appointed Chaplain to the Isles of Scilly. A 12-part series was filmed in 2007 and first broadcast on BBC2
in January 2008.[75] After Reverend David Easton left the islands in 2009, the series continued under the same name but focused elsewhere.[76] Novels[edit] The heroine of Walter Besant's novel Armorel of Lyonesse
came from Samson, and about half the action of the novel takes place in the Isles of Scilly. The events of Nevil Shute's novel Marazan
occur, in part, around these islands. Five children's books written by Michael Morpurgo, Why the Whales Came, The Sleeping Sword, The Wreck of the Zanzibar, Arthur, High King of Britain and Listen to the Moon are set around the Isles of Scilly. The Riddle of Samson, a novel by Andrew Garve (a pen name of Paul Winterton) is set mainly around the Isles of Scilly. In Jacob's Room, by Virginia Woolf, the hero and a friend of his sail around the islands. The novels that make up The Cortes Trilogy by John Paul Davis take place in the Isles of Scilly. Stone In the Blood[77] by Colin Jordan & David England
is set on the islands both in 1974 and the Iron Age, when most of Scilly was still one joined landmass. Song[edit] Scilly is mentioned in the traditional British naval song "Spanish Ladies". Notable people[edit]

Augustus John Smith 1804-1872

Saint Lide was a bishop [78] who lived on the island of St Helen's in the Isles of Scilly. John Godolphin (1617 in Scilly – 1678) [79] was an English jurist and writer, an admiralty judge under the Commonwealth. Augustus John Smith (1804 in London – 1872 in Plymouth) [80] was Lord Proprietor of the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
for over thirty years. In 1834 he acquired the lease on the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
from the Duchy of Cornwall
for £20,000. He was Liberal MP for Truro
from 1857 to 1865. Sir Frederick Hervey-Bathurst, 3rd Baronet
Sir Frederick Hervey-Bathurst, 3rd Baronet
(1807 in Scilly – 1881 in Wiltshire) was a famous English cricketer [81] John Edmund Sharrock Moore ARCS (1870 in Rossendale – 1947 in Penzance) was an English biologist, best known for leading two expeditions to Tanganyika. During the 1920s he moved to Tresco. David Hunt (1934 in Devonport – 1985 in India) was an English ornithologist and horticulturalist in Tresco and at the Island Hotel where he became the gardener in 1964. He was killed by a tiger in India Stella Turk, MBE (1925 Scilly – 2017 in Cambourne) was a British zoologist, naturalist, and conservationist. She was known for her activities in marine biology and conservation, particularly as it applies to marine molluscs and mammals. Sam Llewellyn (born 1948 in Tresco) [82] is a British author of literature for children and adults. Stephen Richard Menheniott (1957 – 1976) was an 18-year-old English man with learning difficulties who was murdered by his father on the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
in 1976 Malcolm Bell (born 1969 in Hugh Town) is a former English cricketer. Bell was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium pace.

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Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly
Guidebook Friendly Guides (2015) Woodley, George (1822). A View of the Present State of the Scilly Islands: exhibiting their vast importance to the British empire, the improvements of which they are susceptible, and a particular account of the means lately adopted for the amelioration of the condition of the inhabitants, by the establishment and extension of their fisheries. London: Rivington. 

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