SX4650 : Plymouth Breakwater from Cawsand

taken 6 years ago, 3 km from Cremyll, Cornwall, Great Britain

Plymouth Breakwater from Cawsand
Plymouth Breakwater from Cawsand
A view of Plymouth Breakwater taken from the Cornish village of Cawsand. The lighthouse is on the western end of the breakwater (and is used for the subject position for this photo).
Construction of the breakwater commenced in 1811 with Sir John Rennie as the engineer and William Knight as architect.
It is nearly a mile long, and is said to have required 4 million tons of rock to construct. It is EH Grade II listed LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link )
The fort seen to its left in this image, stands a few dozen yards to the north of the breakwater (on the Plymouth side) about half way along its length. It is a scheduled ancient monument LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) and is about 50 years younger than the breakwater, being one of the Palmerston Forts built in the 1860s. It finally received its armaments of fourteen 12 inch and four 10 inch guns in armoured casemates in 1879. The foundations of the fort are on Shovel Rock.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 25 January, 2014   (more nearby)
Monday, 3 February, 2014
Geographical Context
Coastal  Defence, Military  Estuary, Marine 
Place (from Tags)
Plymouth Sound 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 464 505 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:20.0780N 4:9.5365W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 434 503
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Breakwater  Fort  Lighthouse 

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