Pendennis Castle was built by Henry VIII in 1539 as part of a national building programme of coastal artillery forts to protect England from French and Spanish invasion.
Henry’s fort has four main elements: a guardhouse, a forebuilding, a central round tower and a surrounding gun platform called the ‘chemise’.
It was designed as a gun fort and from the middle of the 17th Century was used as accommodation, offices, an officer’s mess and storage. During the Second World War it became the headquarters of the Falmouth Fire Command.
The guard barracks were built in 1700 and are the earliest surviving barracks in England. They accommodated the guard and later used as a hospital, a schoolroom and a carpenter’s workshop. The northern block was altered in the early 20th Century to provide a modern guardroom and detention cells for badly behaved soldiers.
The block is kept in the period of the First World War. Thousands of troops passed through The castle for training.
I explored the castle and took some photos.
The entrance to the castle.
Coat of arms.
View from the top.
View of the Royal Garrison Artillery Barracks.
The sea and lighthouse.
Side of the castle.
The guard room.
Fireplace and paintings in the guard room.
Posters in the guard room.
Fireplace and beautiful old map.
Guard detention room.
Bed and barred window.
Women at home poster.
Barrack detention room.