Castles In Cornwall
|Pendennis Castle Falmouth
Pendennis Castle was constructed around 1540 when the threat from the Spanish was of great concern to Henry VIII. He reinforced the whole of the South coast and in addition to Pendennis, he built St. Mawes castle to flank the mouth of the River Fal.
Baldwin Fitz Turstin, Sheriff of Cornwall, built the original castle around 1100 AD although it was no more than a timber palisade. The present stone castle was probably built by Robert de Cardiman in about 1200. Today Restormel belongs to the Duchy of Cornwall as in 1337 the castle was given to Edward, The Black Prince, the first Duke of Cornwall who is reported to have held court there on at least two occasions.
|St Mawes Castle Falmouth
St Mawes Castle benefits from a wonderful waterside setting and is one of the most intact examples of Henry VIII’s coastal fortresses. Henry built St Mawes between 1539 and 1545 and, in conjunction with Pendennis Castle it was intended to protect the Fal estuary from invasion by the Spanish.
Before the Thirteenth Century Launceston was called Dunheved and even today many of the streets and buildings still bear this name…..
Romantic stories linking Tintagel Castle to the Round Table, knights and chivalry are exciting and magical but little is based on historical fact. The first link to the legend was in 1130 when Geoffrey de Monmouth published the ‘History of Britain’ and claimed that Tintagel was the birthplace of King Arthur.