Cornish Castles

Cornish Castles

Kernewek Kastel

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Cornish Castles

Defended places

Our forebears were generally too busy fighting and destroying each other's property to be concerned about the consequences. Over the centuries, this has resulted in a wonderfully rich diversity of ancient buildings and monuments. These are the very foundation stones of our culture, and belong to us all.

Castles in Cornwall have existed since early man fortified many points around the coast, these must have been fairly massive structures for their day, as the ramparts can still be seen clearly in many locations today as you walk the coast path.

There was never enough agricultural wealth in Cornwall to attract the invaders. So it tended to miss out on the wave of Norman castles that were put up soon after the conquest. Restormel and Launceston castles are the only two examples of note.

Then there are the two Tudor castles at St. Mawes and Falmouth that guard the Carrick Roads. In fact the thought of invasion hung heavily over Cornwall for the last five hundred years. There were the odd skirmishes with the Spanish or French, and many headlands were used to house beacons as warning of approaching enemy fleets. Some of the castles were used again during the Civil War in 1643.

Even in this century gun emplacements and coast lookouts sprouted everywhere. Most of these were not too permanent, and all that remains is the concrete bases on many headlands and vantage points.

Castles

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Bartine Castle, St. Just
Berry Castle, St. Neot
Bossiney Castle, Tintagel
Bottreaux Castle, Boscastle
Caerhays Castle
Cardinham Castle
Carn Brea, Redruth
Castle an Dinas, St. Columb Major
Castle Dore, Fowey
Chun Castle, Land's End
Cromwell's Castle, Tresco
Dingerein Castle, Gerrans
Dodman Fort, Gorran
Ennor Castle, St. Mary's
Helsbury Castle, Camelford
Helston Castle
Ince Castle, Saltash
Kendijack Castle, St. Just
Kilkhampton Castle, Bude
Killibury Castle, Wadebridge
King Charles's Castle, Tresco
Largin Castle, Liskeard
Launceston Castle
Maen Castle, Land's End
Old Blockhouse, Tresco
Pendennis Castle, Falmouth
Pengersick Castle, Praa Sands
Polruan Blockhouse
Prideaux Castle, Par
Restormel Castle, Lostwithiel
St. Catherine's Castle, Fowey
St. Mawes Castle
St. Michael's Mount
Star Castle, St. Mary's
Tintagel Castle
Trematon Castle, Saltash
Trencrom Castle, St. Ives
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