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is a small town but it is also a port. It has an embarrassing
name because those not in the know may pronounce it as it is spelt
whereas the real pronounciation is as in foy.The Cornish name is Fowydh.|
It is at the mouth of the river fowey.
According to the famous Doomsday book which was written about 1070 after the Norman invasion, there was a priory in the area
and this priory gave a charter to the inhabitants of fowey which was a town even back in the medieval period. Fowey was able to trade with Europe from its harbour. In the 14 th century it was important enough to have 160 archers defending it. The French attacked Fowey in 1457 during the reign of King Henry the eighth and so it is an ancient and historical town with history.
Of course, in these times the UK poipulation was much smaller then it is now and what we may consider a very small place could have been considsered a substantial settlement in King Henrys day.
A castle was erected at St Catherines Point and when the Dutch attacked in 1667 the attack was beaten off.
In the civil war Fowey played a small part.
Places such as Plymouth took much trade from Fowey as time went by.
The legend is that Jesus visited Fowey with the merchant Joseph of Arimathea.
A Norman church was built in the 14 th century. There is a sixteenth century tower.
Fowey has developed into a tourist spot whilst still maimtaining an important commercial presence.