Falmouth
History

From Packet Ships to castles, discover the rich maritime history of this bustling port.

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Falmouth's History

From Packet Ships to castles, discover the rich maritime history of this bustling port.

Falmouth has played a key role in the defence of the nation since Tudor times when Henry VIII built the twin castles of St Mawes and Pendennis to guard the entrance to one of the finest natural harbours in the world.

In 1660 the town was officially declared as Falmouth and for 200 years it flourished as the second busiest port in the British Empire.

In 1668 the Post Office established a service from Falmouth to foreign ports and colonies. By 1817 a total of forty Packet Ships were sailing from Falmouth to carry mail, passengers, supplies and payment for troops fighting abroad.

The foundation of Falmouth Docks in 1860 produced a focus for maritime related industries and gave a huge boost to the town and its economy.