Aerial View of Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, Cornwall

Aerial View of Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, Cornwall
Photograph taken unavailable © Crown copyright. Historic England Archive ref: nmr 10700/56a

Pendennis was constructed between 1540 and 1545 by order of Henry VIII as part of a the Cornish end of a chain of coastal castles designed to defend England from a possible French or Spanish invasion. The original Tudor fort is now part of a much larger castle. This site is now in the care of English Heritage (2010). Find out more. Take advantage of our free entry for Learning Groups.

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