On the Cornish coast near the southernmost
tip of England, Falmouth is six hours drive from London and a
million miles further in every other way. There has been change
since 1539 when Henry VIII began building Pendenis Castle here,
the town was just a smithy, two houses and an alehouse back then,
but you’d be forgiven for thinking that there hasn’t
been much change.
Sir Walter Raleigh stayed in 1600 and was
so impressed with the harbour that he recommended the town’s
development and it grew from there. So much so that there are
at least half a dozen houses, any number of pubs and a nightclub
called Shades there now, more of which later.
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
Falmouth was the base for packet ships which sailed to the British
possessions in the Americas and to the Mediterranean, taking mail
and returning laden with goods, and the town has taken on much
of this trade character.