St Mawes Castle and its twin across the other side of the River Fal, Pendennis Castle, were two of a series of coastal forts and castles built by King Henry VIII as protection against potential invaders such as the Spanish. The castle dates from the early 16th century.
"Pendennis Castle is a castle in Cornwall, England, UK, built between 1540 and 1545 for King Henry VIII to guard the entrance to the River Fal on its west bank, near Falmouth. St Mawes Castle is its opposite number on the east bank and they were built to defend Carrick Roads from Spanish attack. The castle comprises a simple round tower and gate enclosed by a lower curtain wall. It is now in the care of English Heritage." Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pendennis_Castle
The view down over St Ives' Porthmeor beach from the Island. This was taken at about 6 o'clock in the morning which explains why there is barely a soul on the beach on a beautiful summer's day. Porthmeor is generally considered St Ives' premiere beach. Although you wouldn't guess from this photo it is also well known for its surf. The other big draw to the beach is the Tate St
View down one of the best known of the streets in the 'Downalong' district of St Ives, the Digey. This photo dates back to the early 1900s. A few things have changed; it's a bit tidire now, cars can drive down the street and there are wheelie bins everywhere now!The name Digey is derived from Di-chy meaning the dye house.This photograph was taken by Frank Lake. These were
Looking back towards town, across Porthgwidden beach in St Ives. This photo was taken from the headland known as the Island which makes Porthgwidden particularly sheltered. It's not often you see any of St Ives' beaches this quiet on a sunny day like this. But then it's not that often you'll see me up before 6 o'clock in the morning!