Hugh Town

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Hugh Town
Cornish: Tre Huw
Hugh Town.jpg
A view of Hugh Town
Hugh Town is located in Isles of Scilly
Hugh Town
Hugh Town
 Hugh Town shown within Isles of Scilly
Population 1,068 
OS grid reference SV901108
Unitary authority Isles of Scilly
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district TR21
Dialling code 01720
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Isles of Scilly
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament St Ives
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Coordinates: 49°55′00″N 6°19′00″W / 49.9167°N 6.3167°W / 49.9167; -6.3167

Hugh Town (Cornish: Tre Huw) is the main and largest settlement on the Isles of Scilly. The town is situated on the island of St. Mary's[1] located on a narrow isthmus which joins the peninsula known as the Garrison with the rest of the island. The main street is the main shopping area on the islands and business is quite reliant on tourism. There are also banks, hotels, pubs and a small hospital. There are several beaches. A notable building is the Star Castle, which overlooks the town and is now a hotel.


The principal harbour of the islands is located on the northern edge of the town and is the terminal of the ferry to Penzance, currently the Scillonian III [2] and the cargo vessel Gry Maritha. The original quay was built in 1593 and an extension (or offshoot) began in 1836 to Rat Island under a contract of £4,000 to William Martin of Penzance. Martin resigned in November 1837 and Augustus Smith organised the completion. The enlargement of the harbour produced an increase in harbour dues as larger and deeper-draughted boats were now able to dock for loading, unloading, repairs or victualling. In 1889 Augustus Smith's successor T A Dorrien-Smith extended the pier a further 250 feet eastwards, at his own expense, so that the West Cornwall Steam Ship Company ships could dock. Despite Parliamentary opposition a Pier and Harbour Provisional Order Bill passed in June 1890 gave him revenue from the harbour dues.[3]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7
  2. ^ [1] Cornwall Council website; Ferry Services page; retrieved April 2010
  3. ^ Vyvyan, Clara C (1960). The Scilly Isles. London: Robert Hale. 

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