The History of Drake's Island
He who holds the Island holds Plymouth
Sir Francis Drake
Born out of the sea 400 million years ago Drake’s Island has been a place of pilgrimage, a refuge, a fort, a prison, an observatory and an adventure centre. The fortifications have defended Plymouth from the time of the Spanish Armada to the World Wars. It has been the starting point for the voyages of discovery of some of the greatest of our explorers, Drake, Cook and Darwin. Still a place of mystery and rumour discover Drake’s Island and the lives of those that lived there. For the latest Island news including how to book tickets for a guided tour go to Historic Visitor Attraction in Plymouth, Devon | Drake’s Island (drakes-island.com)
THE 1880’S, SMEATON’S TOWER AND DRAKE’S STATUE ARE ERECTED ON THE HOE, HMS HOWE REPLACES THE IMPREGNABLE AND THE ROUTLEDGE FAMILY SUFFERS TRAGEDY
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THE 1870’S, THE ROUTLEDGE FAMILY EXPANDS ALONGSIDE THE THREE TOWNS AND THERE IS A MUTINY ON DRAKE’S ISLAND
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