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FOWEY

         
Fowey 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.



Beach
Pretty view
 Beach
Pretty view


The town of Fowey
The estuary Fowey
The town of Fowey
The estuary Fowey