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The Square, Cawsand
Cawsand is located in Cornwall
Cawsand shown within Cornwall
OS grid referenceSX434502
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPL10
Dialling code01752
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°19′52″N 4°12′08″W / 50.3311°N 4.2021°W / 50.3311; -4.2021Coordinates: 50°19′52″N 4°12′08″W / 50.3311°N 4.2021°W / 50.3311; -4.2021

Cawsand (Cornish: Porthbugh) and Kingsand are twin villages in southeast Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.[1] The village is situated on the Rame Peninsula and is in the parish of Maker-with-Rame.

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) and a hotel (the Cawsand Bay Hotel).

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.

Cawsand Fort[edit]

In 1596 a Spanish attack was seen off by the local militia and defences were built soon after.[2] Cawsand Fort (at 50°19′56″N 4°12′9″W / 50.33222°N 4.20250°W / 50.33222; -4.20250) 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.


Cawsand village and beach

Cawsand is twinned with Porspoder in Brittany, France.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth & Launceston ISBN 978-0-319-23146-3
  2. ^ Carew, Richard (1953). The Survey of Cornwall. Melrose. p. 37.

External links[edit]

Media related to Cawsand at Wikimedia Commons