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A Coloured Plan, or Bird's Eye View of "Tindegal Island" or Tintagel Castle, near Bossiney, on the North Coast of Cornwall

A Coloured Plan, or Bird's Eye View of

Cartographer: Unknown

Medium: Ink and tempera on parchment

Date: 1560

Shelfmark: Cotton Augustus I.ii

Item number: f.43

Genre: Manuscript Map

This plan is something of a mystery. It seems to be Tintagel, near Bossiney, Cornawall, labelling the land Tindagell Island, and the style of the drawing suggests it is contemporary with the reign of Henry VIII. However the writing is in Elizabethan secretary or italic. What is more puzzling is that there are no records to show that any work took place at Tintagel or its immediately adjacent land. The drawing shows a series of defensive walls along the edge of the coast. Facing the bay is a wall with two gun towers which the draughtsman has drawn in action.

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