Images of Pendennis Castle Cornwall |Pictures & Images { 21 images } Created 27 Feb 2015

Images, pictures & photos of Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, Cornwall, England, UK. Pendennis Castle was built for Henry VIII between 1539 - 1545 as part of a defensive line of castles along the south coast of England. By divorcing Catherine Aragon as well as the Cathoilic Church, Henry VIII angered Europe and in particular Spain and France who the Pope encouraged to invade England. In fear of invasion Henry VIII fortified the coast from Hull to Milford Haven. The Henrician also known as Device Forts were state of the art military insulations purpose built as batteries for cannons. As a true Renaissance king, Henry VIII was involved with their designs. Pendennis Castle has a round tower at its centre surrounded by a curtain wall. From the round tower cannons covered the whole entrance of the Fal Estuary which leads to the huge natural harbour at Falmouth. Another Device Fort on the other side of the river Fal at St Mawes meant that any invaders would be caught in a deadly cross fire of cannons. The simplicity of the design of Pendennis is typical of Renaissance thinking as is its military design.

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