Sunday, 2 August 2015
Mini History Blogs: The Last Invasion
The last time Britain was invaded by a hostile force was in 1595 in Cornwall.
On this day, the 2nd August, Spanish ships arrived at Mounts Bay where there were a number of Cornish soldiers who were there to do battle with the invaders. Many of these men soon abandoned their posts, only Francis Godolphin, as Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and commander of the local force, along with just a dozen of his soldiers stood in defense of Cornwall.
The Spanish soon made way to the tiny fishing village of Mousehole, its forces burnt the village and some surrounding hamlets, including the village of Paul, causing its frightened inhabitants flee in panic.