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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.
My friend Sophie won a holiday to the Costa del Sol in Spain on a scratch card in Geographical Magazine and asked me to come along. We flew to Malaga and had a scary drive along the coastal road to the hotel Grangefield Oasis, where we were given a free self catering apartment and use of the swimming pools, jacuzzis, mini market etc.
The coast was a 20 minute walk past villas and golf courses. It was very quiet in June, a bit of a ghost town. Sometimes there was only a few people on the beach and in the sea.
I have always wanted to go to Ronda up in the hills. I remember an old art teacher who taught me life drawing being a bit obsessed with the place and David Bomberg. Anyway I persuaded Sophie to drive. The hills were more like mountains and the drive was very steep and winding. The passing scenery was stunning and dramatic but frightening when I looked down. We passed a few wild boar.
When we arrived we had a walk around Ronda. It is very picturesque with a dramatic gorge. We walked around the bridges, churches and bull ring and took some photos. In the town we had a hot chocolate coffee and some tapas. We walked past a a lovely old building with ceramics displayed outside and were invited in by a strange artist. He told us in pigeon English he was squatting there and it belonged to the monestry and they didn’t mind. He showed us around upstairs which was filled with antique wooden furniture and junk. Sophie bought a few pots but felt uncomfortable so we left.
I have been on a three day amazing trip to Falmouth, Cornwall. I stayed with my friend Sophie who is studying for a Creative Writing MA at the University. The house where she is lodging is a fantastic Georgian, Cornish townhouse.
Falmouth is a great place to visit for a healthy break in the Winter as the weather is mild in this tropical area of Cornwall. The beaches were empty and the Spas are really cheap -£5 ! People were swimming in the sea in December!
Falmouth harbour is one of the deepest natural harbours in the world and is really beautiful. There are many lively pubs along the harbour front selling local Cornish cider and ales in barrels. Maybe they are delivered by boat? I tried The Heligan Honey ale, Cornish cider and a mulled cider which was obviously hot.
There are lots of fun things to do and see and I met so many characters in the pubs, coffee shops and markets. Bohemians, art and literary students, people who had moved to Cornwall escaping the cities, travellers, an American harbour master and a Welsh folk singer.
There are lots of films to see. The Rum Diary at the local cinema and a programme of art films at The Poly. Also amateur theatre productions and Christmas plays and pantos that looked fun!
Some places to visit:
Beach Leisure Centre, Best Western Falmouth Beach Hotel, overlooking Gyllngvase Beach.
Leisure centre with luxury swimming pool, hot tubs, sauna and steam rooms and massage jets – £5 a visit !
Gylly Beach Cafe
State of the art cafe with great sheltered outside seating are on Gyllyngvase Beach with amazing views of the ocean, Lizard Penisula and Pendennis Castle.
Harbour Lights Restaurant
Delicious fish and chips. Fried or grilled option.
Bakery with a variety of Cornish pasties. Try the unusual chocolate and banana or rhubarb and custard.
The Poly, The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society, 24 Church Streets.
Shows films, comedy, theatre, music, dance, spoken word and talks.
Jam, 32 High Street, Falmouth
Coffee and record shop. Sells good coffee, snacks, comfortable retro furniture and plays great music.
Miss Peapod’s Kitchen Cafe, Penryn
Nice, retro cafe overlooking Penryn harbour and has live music in the evenings.
Pants Charity Shops, Webber and Killigrew Street, Falmouth.
Bargain charity shop – everything £1 !