Isle of Wight

Built in 1539, Cowes castle was part of King Henry VIII’s chain of coastal defences which were to prevent the Isle of Wight being occupied and used as a base to attack England. It was a round blockhouse flanked by two rectangular wings, with a semi-circular barbican.

In 1716 the castle was remodelled and further rebuilding took place in the 19th century by

the architect, Anthony Salvin.

It is now the Royal Yacht Club.

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