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Armada Bank, Gwinear Gwithian

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Godrevy Towans

In the civil parish of Gwinear Gwithian.
In the historic county of Cornwall.
Modern Authority of Cornwall.
1974 county of Cornwall.
Medieval County of Cornwall.

OS Map Grid Reference: SW58304306
Latitude 50.23775° Longitude -5.39134°

Armada Bank, Gwinear Gwithian has been described as a Linear Defence or Dyke although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The remains of a linear earthwork of a possible post medieval date. The monument is known locally as the "Armada Bank" and their is a vague possibility of it having been constructed against Spanish invasion. (PastScape)

Centred at SW 58304306. A linear bank, probably 17th century, of earth and stone up to 5 feet in height and 3 to 8 ft in width across Godvrey Point promontory; now grassed over. It appears to correspond to a linear defence marked approximately around this headland on Pine's map of the Armanda defences. (PastScape ref. DOE IAM Report Form 6.4.77) The 'Armada Bank' has a ditch on its inner, uphill, side suggesting a defence against the headland area and not of it. This, and its integration with a group of fields of Medieval or post-Medieval form, are the main objections to it having a prehistoric origin.

There is a remote possibility of it being a temporary defence against Spanish invasion in 1588. The section now visible shows the inner face having basal stone revetting and the bank would well serve as a breastwork for musketeers. A C16 map indicates defences in a position which might be taken for Godrevy. (PastScape ref. Thomas, 1964 & 1965)

Does overlook a possible landing beach of St Ives Bay but Gatehouse suspects this is a rather fanciful interpretation of a solid field wall and hollow way.
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