Fowey's castle could be lit up for Christmas
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
After years in the dark, the castle over Fowey could be illuminated in time for Christmas, pending approval from English Heritage.
St Catherine's Castle was built approximately between 1538 and 1540 and was commissioned by Henry VIII as a reaction to the French invasion. It is also believed to be the smallest castle in Cornwall, with the interior measuring only 16ft by 14ft.
The castle has remained unlit at night for well over a decade, bar a brief period in 2012, when LED lights powered by a wind turbine were commissioned and installed by a mystery sponsor. The lights worked for just over a week, but the weather proved too much for the turbines and they stopped working.
A similar scheme is being considered by English Heritage, which will involve two smaller wind turbines that have the capabilities to survive arctic conditions. The new bulbs used in the illumination will give a much softer light to the castle than the previous set, and will light up the whole of the building.
This is excellent news, as the saga has lasted for a very long time, and if completed before Christmas, will treat visitors to the area to something very special.
If you are looking to enjoy a Christmas lunch in Fowey this year, why not book your place and allow us to do all the hard work this year? Not only will you be able to enjoy a fine menu crafted from local produce, but you can also enjoy the beauty of festive Fowey, which will hopefully include St Catherine's Castle lit up for the occasion!
Photo courtesy of Edmund Shaw, under Creative Commons