Wednesday April 24
Trip Start Apr 18, 2013
83Trip End Jul 09, 2013
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Pendennis Castle, Falmouth
One of the finest of the mighty fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion. The castle has seen action in many conflicts and was one of the last royalist strongholds to fall during the English Civil War.
It was built in 1539 for King Henry VIII to guard the entrance to the River Fal on its west bank, near Falmouth.
St Mawes Castle
St Mawes Castle is its opposite number on the east bank and they were built to defend Carrick Roads from the French and Spanish threats of future attack
St Mawes Castle is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated of them all. One of the chain of forts built between 1539 and 1545 to counter an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain, it guarded the important anchorage of Carrick Roads, sharing the task with Pendennis Castle on the other side of the Fal estuary.
We then went to Padstow another beautiful fishing village. We found the Doombar beer that had been recommended to us. It was great, full flavoured with honey sweetness. While walking through the village we found the Petroc Anglican Church. We took photos for Grandma Win - part of the Pederick heritage.
We ate fish and chips and a Cornish fruit scone on the wharf. On our way back to Port Isaac we stopped at Little Petheric and took photos and video for Grandma Win.
Just before Pt Isaac we came across the messy muddy farm from Doc Martin. We both recognized it so we stopped to take photos
John from The Fishermans Friends Band organized an inaugural Mare's Tales and Mackerel Scales night at the Port Isaac The Golden Lion Inn. It was great fun with local talent singing, reading book extracts, reading poetry, telling stories and jokes. Ron told the story of The Pederick's and two visits to trace them and we then sang Bound for South Australia. Robert Wilton even read from his own book Treason.
We met the Fishermens Friends who are a singing group that all live in the village and put out an album of traditional sea songs. They sold 100,000 copies and growing. They were in the queen’s Jubilee on a barrage and when our TV camera’s were on them they sang Bound for South Australia. They are very famous in the UK but they still fish by day and sing at the pub at night. They were hosting a come along and sing for anyone that wanted to come. The pub only holds about 50 people so we were all packed in like sardines. Locals sang or recited sea poetry or told stories. After a few beers I saw the leader of the group move of to the loo so on his way back checked that they still had ‘Bound for South Australia” in their repertoire. I said if you sing it I will preface it with a story. He jumped at it because that is what he wanted people to do...