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National Trust, St Michael's Mount
National Trust, St Michael's Mount

Photo credit: National Trust Images/David Noton

St Michael’s Mount, given to the National Trust by the 3rd Baron St Levan in 1954, is connected to the mainland by a causeway, and is cut off by the tide twice a day. It has been the seat of the St Aubyns ever since Colonel John St Aubyn (1610–1684), bought it from Francis Basset, its former defender, in 1659 and is still administered by the family who own the paintings. Many of its heirlooms found their way to Pencarrow in Cornwall, because Sir John St Aubyn (1758–1839), 5th Bt, died leaving 15 illegitimate children, but no heir to the baronetcy. The National Trust owns only two pictures here, commissioned by its Foundation for Art: Ken Howard’s 'Morning, Marazion Beach Scene with St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, in the Distance' and Helen Elwes’ 'Frank O'Donnell, Head Boatman at St Michael's Mount, Cornwall'.

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National Trust, St Michael's Mount

Marazion, Cornwall TR17 0HT England

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  • 29 March 2020

    Tonight we will be joining the nation in thanking all the @NHSuk workers who are working tirelessly to battle the Coronavirus pandemic. To support #clapforourcarers we will be lighting the castle from 8pm-9pm. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!