2014

SX1251 : View from Polruan Castle to Fowey, Cornwall

taken 10 years ago, near to Fowey, Cornwall, England

View from Polruan Castle to Fowey, Cornwall
View from Polruan Castle to Fowey, Cornwall
This photo was taken through the window of Polruan Castle, which is a blockhouse whose remains are publicly accessible. The view over the river is of the town of Fowey.

"Polruan Castle" is the local name for the eastern blockhouse built in 1380, which overlooks the mouth of the River Fowey. Together with its pair on the west bank, it comprised part of the defences of Fowey against attacks by the French, and later Spanish and Dutch. Its walls are 6 feet thick, and a huge chain could be stretched across the river between the two blockhouses to prevent access by marauding vessels.

In the view are the tower of St. Fimbarrus Church (second tallest tower in Cornwall) which dates from 1460 (on the site of an earlier Norman church) and, to its left, the castellated tower of Place, also called Place House. Place has been the home of the Treffry family since the 13th century, though what now exists is the remains of a 16th century rebuild.

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SX1251, 485 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
Edmund Shaw   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Friday, 23 May, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 26 May, 2014
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 1254 5169 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:20.1142N 4:38.1308W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 1233 5108
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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