Year 10 Historians at Pendennis

Year 10 historians were blessed with a beautiful day to visit the Carrick Roads last week, as this cohort prepare for their controlled assessment tasks which require them to investigate the impact of the First and Second World Wars on the costal defences surrounding the estuary.

Allowed to explore the grounds of Pendennis Castle in groups, they visited:

  • The original keep built by Henry VIII to keep out the Spanish, after he divorced his Spanish wife Catherine of Aragon, and the subsequent reformation
  • The Battery Observation Point via where the coastal defence of Cornwall were coordinated in the Second World War
  • The imposing half-moon battery which could hit a ship up to six miles out at sea

In the afternoon the group walked into the town of Falmouth, having a look at the dry docks for which all the defences were required, before taking a boat trip across the bay to the home of Pendennis’ twin castle St Mawes.

Students were intrigued by the First World War display updated for the centenary of the war in the Castle, and enjoyed the opportunity offered by so many of the exhibits at Pendennis to get their hands on artefacts.

The group were supported by this year’s History SCITT Trainees who were getting their first taste of History as a subject outside of the classroom. Everyone very much enjoyed their day in the sunshine learning about Cornish History.