A Little Piece of Salcombe’s History

Salcombe History Society has been entrusted to care for a little piece of Salcombe's history in the shape of a small lead ball. It was handed to Chairman Ken Prowse at the Society's AGM by its finder, Bob Dunne. Found at Salcombe Castle (Fort Charles), the lead musket ball, approximately 1cm in diameter, probably dates from the Civil War. Sir Edmund Fortescue received orders from King Charles I to hold the fort against the Parliamentarians when Plymouth rose against the king and it became the last place to hold out for the royal cause. The castle was besieged from 15 January until 7 May 1646 when it became clear that all the other royalist strongholds had fallen. After the Civil War, Parliament ordered the castle to be ruined as it was too dangerous to allow it to remain.

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