On this day in history : 4th November 1987 – Multi-millionaire English entrepreneur Peter de Savary buys Land’s End, Cornwall….

Image credit : Louis Segal – own work CC BY-SA 3.0

During the 1980s de Savary had been in the process of building up his property portfolio…. As well as purchasing Land’s End he also bought John O’Groats and Skibo Castle in the Scottish Highlands….

Land’s End, part of the village of Sennen and located eight miles west of Penzance, at the end of the A30, has attracted tourists for over 300 years…. It was owned by a Cornish family until 1982, who then sold it to David Goldstone…. He then sold it to de Savary for almost £7m, who bought it after outbidding the National Trust, who also wanted to buy it and who own the cliffs to the east and west of Land’s End….

Image credit : Jakemete – own work – CC BY 3.0

De Savary built two new buildings and began work on the theme park that is now there before selling it on, along with John O’Groats, to businessman Graham Ferguson in 1991…. A company named Heritage Attractions Ltd was formed….

Nowadays the Land’s End tourist complex includes a visitor centre and indoor attractions such as an air-sea rescue motion theatre, galleries, shops, restaurants and cafes…. It has an RSPB wildlife discovery club and a farm…. Its hotel is a hugely popular wedding venue….

Image credit : David Jones via Flickr CC BY 2.0

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