First & Past
Located in Sennen, the most westerly village in mainland Britain and just one mile from Land’s End, the First & Last Inn is one of the most famous Inns in Cornwall, not only due to our location, but because of our notorious reputation since the 1600s of being the headquarters of smugglers and wreckers.
The First & Last Inn is thought to have been built about seven centuries ago. The small building next to the Inn, now known as the Saddle & Stable Rooms, may well have been the housing for the donkeys that would carry lanterns across the cliff tops to fool seamen and create many shipwrecks in and around Sennen Cove.
Smuggling was at its peak at the beginning of the 1800s with brandy, silk and tea being amongst the vast range of goods brought in from France. Locals would be warned to face the walls when the smugglers were due to travel through their village so that, if asked, they were able to say that they had not seen a thing.
Secret tunnels and passages were dug by smugglers to evade capture by government officials and the glass covered well that you will see in the inn, known as Annie's Well, is thought to have been one of these.