St Catherines Castle, Cornwall

St Catherines Castle, Cornwall

St Catherines Castle was built in 1536 and is one of several fortifications running along the south coast to be built by Henry VIII. It is a small artillery fort, built to defend Fowey harbour. St Catherines Castle has two storeys with gun ports at ground level. Below the 16th century fort is a two gun battery built in 1855

St Catherines Castle ruins are now managed by English Heritage. It can be reached via a short path from the beach.

The blockhouse and bastioned curtain wall are on the tip of a rocky headland at the entrance to the River Fowey estuary. The blockhouse was refurbished in 1855 to form a gun battery during the Crimean War.

It was used as a practice battery later in the 19th century. In 1940 an emplacement was dug for a Second World War gun battery at the Point.

St Catherines Castle English Heritage information

It faces Polruan across the water in Fowey.

St Catherines Castle on Wikipedia

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