St Mawes Castle

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Great defence from the sea but - - - Nov 11, 2010
If you like castles at all, as I do, this one must please you. First comes its magnificent setting. West of Flamouth there is a huge inlet, the Carrick Roads, part of it being accounted for by the Fal estuary. St Mawes Castle, to the east of Carrick Roads, faces Pendennis Castle to the west. No, they were not built against each other. Both were part of a coastal chain of castles built under Henry VIII in the sixteenth century to counter the threat of attack by France or Spain. Henry had broken from the Church of Rome and been excomunicated. France and Spain were Catholic countries.

Next is the splendid shape of the castle, a sort of clover leaf. It was designed to carry heavy guns capable of sinking ships.

However the attack which defeated and fairly ruined the castle of St Mawes came not from the sea but from the land, where its defences were weak; not from French or Spanish but from the soldiers of the English Parliament during the civil war in the 17th century.

Considerable restoration had to wait for the nineteenth century.
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