Work to restore lights at Fowey castle underway
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
Work to light up the historic castle at Fowey is set to start any day now.
St Catherine's Castle in Fowey, built by Henry VIII to defend the harbour has been unlit at night for over a decade. A brief period in 2012 had the castle lit up by a mystery benefactor who paid for LED lights powered by a wind turbine to be fitted, but stormy weather damaged the lights.
An agreement with Historic England has been reached to allow a scheme to put in place smaller turbines that will be able to stand the stormy polar weather conditions that face the castle on the coast. The previous problems should not affect the new turbines if they are smaller but sturdier.
There has been a delay in getting the turbines from Northampton, as there was hope they arrived before Christmas and they are now due to arrive this week. Chris Biggs of Chris Biggs Engineering said he will be ready to start installing the turbines, if the weather is permitting. "You can't do it when there is too much wind," he said.
The lights at the castle went off more than ten years ago, after the electricity supply was declared unsafe. The new scheme with see the whole castle light up in a softer way, making the 16th century castle more inviting to new visitors.
With St Catherine's Castle being a local landmark in Fowey it will be pleasing to see the lights restored. If you are looking for luxury accommodation in Cornwall to stay in the coming months, whilst taking in some of the sights and local history, the Cormorant Hotel looks out over the Fowey River and provides an idyllic getaway.
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