Aerial View, Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, Cornwall

Aerial View, Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, Cornwall
Photograph taken 2009 © Ivan Lapper.Historic England Archive Photo Library ref: N090099

An aerial reconstruction drawing showing the siege of 1646. 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 castle was strengthened prior to the Civil War. In 1646, it was the last Royalist position in the West of England and a Royalist garrison withstood a 5 month siege from Parliamentarian forces before surrendering. 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.

Location

Cornwall Falmouth

Period

Stuart (1603 - 1713)

Tags

reconstruction drawing aerial view castle defence attack coast henry viii invasion english heritage