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Pengersick Castle, Cornwall

Pengersick Castle, Cornwall

Artist: Buckler, John Chessell

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1821

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36360

Item number: f.180

Length: 12.7

Width: 19.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Pengersick Castle stands hidden away in the Praa Sands between Helston and Penzance. The name Pengersick means head of a marshy place and many stories abound of the castle being haunted. Henry Pengersick, who built the castle in the 12th century, seems to have been a most unpleasant character. He fell out violently with the church and was finally excommunicated for attacking the Vicar of Breage and killing a monk from Hailes Abbey in Gloucestershire.

In about 1500 the castle was rebuilt as a fortified manor house by John Milliton. His successor, also called John, reputedly looted a ship of the King of Portugal, which had been wrecked off the Cornish coast in 1526. The missing treasure was the subject of a Royal Commission's investigation, but the cargo was never found. However, his name was cleared and he became High Sherriff of Cornwall in 1548 and in 1549, Captain of St Michael's Mount.

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