Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Pendennis Castle, Cornwall



Pendennis Castle - Cornwall 2013

With its enviable position looking out over the Cornish coastline, Pendennis castle has been an important fortress in many battles. There's so much history here that it's well worth getting on to one of the free guided tours; when we visited, there were also a small number of rooms which could only be seen with a guide.

The castle was built at the order of Henry VIII, and along with its twin St Mawes on the opposite bank, its purpose was to prevent hostile French and Spanish ships from sailing up the river Fal and invading Britain.

Later, it was besieged in the Civil War, and refitted with modern guns to form part of England's coastal defences during the First and Second World Wars. Our guide told us that care of the castle was given to English Heritage only on the understanding that the government could still press it back into service at any time.

It goes without saying, then, that this is a particularly well-preserved specimen. Strolling between the gun towers (ancient and modern alike), it's easy to imagine the castle as a bustling hub of military operations. There are some evocative exhibits highlighting the daily life of the castle's soldiers, too.



Pendennis Castle - Cornwall 2013

Pendennis Castle - Cornwall 2013

Pendennis Castle - Cornwall 2013

Pendennis Castle - Cornwall 2013

Pendennis Castle - Cornwall 2013

Pendennis Castle - Cornwall 2013

Pendennis Castle - Cornwall 2013

Pendennis Castle - Cornwall 2013

Pendennis Castle - Cornwall 2013

Pendennis Castle - Cornwall 2013

Pendennis Castle - Cornwall 2013


9 comments:

Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking said...

I have a serious weakness for castles! Cornwall looks beautiful. It has been years since I have been in England.

Rachel said...

It looks truly spectacular, and there must be so many fascinating stories to tell..

Gloria Baker said...

I love these pictures Rachel!!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes said...

OMG this is so beautiful!!!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

What a beautiful and interesting place!

Laura Dembowski said...

Usually things like this would be reserved for my history buff dad, but the castle is beautiful and the view of the water breathtaking. I'd love to check it out one day.

laurasmess.me said...

Hello Rachel! So lovely to become acquainted with your writing, blogging and photography. It's been a very long time since I've visited Cornwall but the Cornish coast is such a beautiful place. My husband and I intend to return to England next year so this will be on the list of destinations to visit! xx

Anne ~ Uni Homemaker said...

Love your photos!

Charlotte Klein said...

What a neat castle with so much history! What's the tour guide holding in that green bag??

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