St Martin's, Isles of Scilly
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The north coast
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At the northeast corner of the island is a large red-and-white daymark. It was erected in 1683 by Thomas Ekins, first steward of the Godophin Family to live on the islands.
It is a rendered granite circular tower 4.8 metres (16 ft) in diameter and 6.4 metres (21 ft) high, set back to conical termination making it 11 metres (36 ft) high. The blocked arched entrance door contains an incorrect date of 1637. It was painted white until 1822 but by 1833 had been painted red, and is now painted in bands of red and white.
The daymark is built on the highest point of St Martin's — and the second-highest point in the Isles of Scilly — and the islands' only Ordnance Survey triangulation station is situated by the daymark; the position and relative height mean that the Cornish mainland is visible (when the weather allows) and the daymark is identifiable from the mainland too.
There are two churches on St Martin's: the Anglican parish church of St Martin's and a Methodist chapel, both located in the Higher Town area. The Methodist chapel dates from about 1845 and is part of the Isles of Scilly Methodist Circuit.
Civil parish and ward
St Martin's is one of the five civil parishes of the Isles of Scilly, which are also wards. The civil parish and ward include several uninhabited islands and rocks, including the Eastern Isles, Great Ganilly, English Island and White Island. St Martin's returns one councillor to the Council of the Isles of Scilly, the same as the other "off-island" wards. The civil parish is not functional however, and there is no council or meeting.
Five Islands Academy (previously Five Islands School) has its St Martin's Base, a primary campus. Secondary pupils board at the St Mary's main campus, staying there on weekdays and coming back and forth to their home islands on weekends.
- St Martin's Vineyard
- Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1016508)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- Scilly Methodists St Martin's
- Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 map
- "Contact Us". Five Islands Academy. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "Home to School Travel". Isles of Scilly Council. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
- "Schools & Colleges". Isles of Scilly Council. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
- "Education". Council of the Isles of Scilly. 14 October 2002. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
There is no post-16 provision on the Islands, students leaving the Isles of Scilly (VC) Federated School attend at colleges/schools with 6th forms on the mainland.[...]
- UK Household Census Statistics, Blue Books, HMSO
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