SW8432 : St Mawes Castle

taken 2 years ago, near to St Mawes, Cornwall, Great Britain

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St Mawes Castle
St Mawes Castle
St Mawes Castle Is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses; one of the chain of forts built between 1539 and 1545 to counter an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain. The castle initially armed with 19 artillery pieces, intended for use against enemy shipping, defending the Carrick Roads waterway at the mouth of the River Fal, operating in partnership with its sister castle of Pendennis on the other side of the estuary.

The castle remained in use as a fort through the 18th and 19th centuries. In the early 1850s, fears of a fresh conflict with France, combined with changes in military technology, led to the redevelopment of the fortification. The out-dated castle was turned into a barracks and substantial gun batteries were constructed beneath it. After 1905, however, St Mawes' guns were removed, and between 1920 and 1939 it was run by the state as a tourist attraction. Naval artillery and an anti-aircraft gun were again installed at the castle to defend against the risk of German attack during Second World War after which, St Mawes again returned to use as a tourist attraction.

The castle is operated by English Heritage and is open to visors LinkExternal link . It is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 (List entry Number: 1013807 LinkExternal link Historic England).
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SW8432, 127 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Friday, 15 July, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 29 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 840 327 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:9.3184N 5:1.4361W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 839 324
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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