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STAR CASTLE

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Eight-pointed star fort surrounded by a dry moat, was built in 1593-4. The outer walls, about 5.5m high, have an entrance from a short flight of steps to a small bridge, giving access to a projecting gate-tower. The inner building, of two stories plus basement and attics, fomerly used as a military HQ, prison and at present an hotel, is "the most important building architecturally and historically in the Isles of Scilly." The main fort in a defensive system built under Francis Godolphin to counter the threat posed by the Spanish after the 1588 Armada. With its outer bastions and walls, Star Castle comprises an important and complete example of an Elizabethan fort built to a Renaissance plan. Notable prisoners included Dr.Bastwick (1637) and Sir John Ireton (1662). Star Castle was converted into an hotel in 1933 but served as military HQ again during the Second World War.

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