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St Catherine's Castle, Fowey

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St Catherine's Castle is a Henrician castle in Cornwall, built by Thomas Treffry between approximately 1538 and 1540, in response to fears of an invasion of England by France and the Holy Roman Empire. The D-shaped, stone fortification, equipped with five gun-ports for cannon, overlooked the mouth of the River Fowey in Cornwall. It was protected by a curtain wall and the surrounding cliffs. The castle remained in use for many years until it was closed at the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. Brought back into service in 1855 during the Crimean War, it was fitted with two new artillery positions, but it soon became obsolete and was abandoned. During the Second World War the castle was refortified and used to house a battery of naval guns, protecting the coast against the threat of German attack. At the end of the conflict the castle was restored to its previous condition and is now managed by English Heritage as a tourist attraction.HistoryConstructionSt Catherine's Castle was built as a consequence of the international tensions between England, France and the Holy Roman Empire in the final years of the reign of King Henry VIII. Traditionally the Crown had left coastal defences to the local lords and communities, only taking a modest role in building and maintaining fortifications, and while France and the Empire remained in conflict with one another, maritime raids were common but an actual invasion of England seemed unlikely. Modest defences, based around simple blockhouses and towers, existed in the south-west and along the Sussex coast, with a few more impressive works in the north of England, but in general the fortifications were very limited in scale.
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  • August 21, 2017
    As you enter the ready money beach follow the high Stone wall round to the right and up the wooden stairs to the path that takes you directly to the castle. It can be argued that the best view of Fowe...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    As I said in my title, if you come to Fowey, this panorama is a must see, because it is one of the most beautiful landscape of Fowey. Access by the beach is to see also and the ballad that follows is pretty and sports also. It turned out to see.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Well worth walking up to for great views of the estuary and Fowey. If you look over opposite you can also see Dawn French's house.  more »
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  • Thomas must have chosen this location 1535 not just for its strategic pisition, but for its beauty with a small beached cove a short climb down. A stunning litle place for a litle trek and climb to enjoy the views, if you got children they'll love it with the tiny beach to be set loose on.
  • A very historic monument with great views over the river entrance, well worth the climb up the hill and walk from the town centre.
  • Fantastic views but could do with a little more historical information
  • Coming at it from Ready money beach on a wet day can be a slippery tricky walk with youngsters but a beautiful ruin on the very tip of the cliff gives an awesome view. Just watch your step!
  • A great place to watch broats

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