Henry VIII built two circular fortresses either side of the Fal estuary to protect
this part of the Cornish Coast from foreign invasion. In the background on the left
is Pendennis Castle, dominating the skyline across Carrick Roads from Falmouth. In the centre, above the town, is the smaller
St Mawes Castle.
The foreground is a showpiece for the local pilchards industry. Fishermen haul in their nets and dump their catch on the beach
to be shovelled into baskets. The bustle and disorder contrast effectively with the solid calm of the Tudor castles beyond.