St. Mawes Castle

St. Mawes Castle

St. Mawes Castle safeguards the eastern entrance to the estuary comprehended as Carrick Roads. In each a squat round tower is the main function, nevertheless rather of having a square home block slapped on in front of it, the St. Mawes tower is elaborated by 3 linked semi-circular bastions with parapets at a lower level.

St. Mawes differs from Pendennis nevertheless like the bulk of Henry VIII’s forts in being low lying and for this reason able to challenge challenger shipping at close quarters. Both castles share Henry’s other fortress, the rounded merlons established to deflect cannon balls, the huge embrasures for weapons at a variety of levels, and the emplacements for drawbridge and portcullis, the latter exposing that the forts were prepared to utilize some resistance at close quarters if the challenger ever landed.

In regards to size, the castles would appear to have in fact been established as relates to and their early guvs were bitter rivals. With the Elizabethan enhancement of Pndennis, however, St. Mawes reduced into a subsidiary function. On the other hand with Pendennis Castle’s brave position, the royalist guv here thoroughly assessed the castle to be indefensible from the land and quit without a shot being fired.

St. Mawes Castle safeguards the eastern entrance to the estuary comprehended as Carrick Roads. Both castles share Henry’s other fortress, the rounded merlons developed to deflect cannon balls, the huge embrasures for weapons at a variety of levels, and the emplacements for drawbridge and portcullis, the latter exposing that the forts were indicated to utilize some resistance at close quarters if the challenger ever landed. On the other hand with Pendennis Castle’s brave position, the royalist guv here thoroughly assessed the castle to be indefensible from the land and quit without a shot being fired.