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Cawsand overlooks Plymouth Sound and adjoins Kingsand, formerly on the border of Devon and Cornwall (the border has since been moved and now is situated on the River Tamar). Once a renowned smuggling village, Cawsand now has three public houses (the Cross Keys Inn, the Devonport Inn and the Halfway house Inn).
Cawsand is within Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. There are frequent bus services to the city of Plymouth which is three miles to the north across Plymouth Sound. There is also a ferry service in the summer (from Cawsand beach to Plymouth Hoe) and a pilot gig club (Rame Gig Club).
The Rame Peninsula is sometimes known as being in the Forgotten Corner of Cornwall.
In 1596 a Spanish attack was seen off by the local militia and defences were built soon after. Cawsand Fort (at ) is sited just above the village. The fort is an 1860s Royal Commission on the Defence of the United Kingdom fort built on the site of a 1779 battery to mount about 10 guns to cover the western entrance to Plymouth Sound by the breakwater. Released by the Ministry of Defence in 1926, it remained derelict until it was converted into residential accommodation.
Correspondence from 1801 to 1803 shows that Admiral Nelson has stayed in Cawsand and it is rumoured that he had dined at the Ship Inn, which burned down in 2013 after several years of abandonment. The site has been cleared and is now being rebuilt by The Peninsula Trust which plans to turn the site into a cafe and affordable housing.
- Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth & Launceston ISBN 978-0-319-23146-3
- Carew, Richard (1953). The Survey of Cornwall. Melrose. p. 37.
- A Selection from the Public and Private Correspondence or Vice-Admiral Lord Collingwood,G.L Newnham Collingwood, Volume 1, 2nd edition, pages 111-114
- The Old Ship Inn, Cawsand, www.thepeninsulatrust.org.uk
- "St. Andrew's Chapel, Cawsand: Opening services". The Western Morning News. Plymouth. 29 May 1878. Retrieved 17 August 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "CHURCH OF ST ANDREW, Maker-with-Rame - 1329167". Historic England. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
- Twinning Committee for Cornwall, www.twinningcommitteeforcornwall.weebly.com
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