Cromwell’s Castle

 

The strategic importance of the channel between Tresco and Bryher in theIsles of Scilly in the defence of the British Isles has been recognised across the centuries.  In 1550, during the reign of Edward VI a small artillery fortress  was built on the high ground of Tresco.  Its purpose was to defend the harbour of New Grimsby.  At the beginning of the Civil War it was garrisoned by Royalist troops.  It later became known as King Charles’s Castle.

However, the site of the fortress was considered unsuitable and when the Parliamentarians gained power a new artillery tower was built on the rocky shore in 1651.  Its purpose was to defend against all threats  –  notably, at that time, from the Dutch.

(See also:  https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/room-with-a-view/)

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3 responses to “Cromwell’s Castle

  1. A “new” tower from 1651 – hard to imagine from over here! 🙂

    • We do have quite a heritage. A 21 mile stretch of road widening near Cambridge has so far revealed the remains of 12 medieval villages and some artefacts from around 6000 years ago!

  2. Pingback: Flying Boat Club, Tresco | Louis' Page

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