St. Gennys High Cliff Signal Station

Fortlet

There is evidence of a small Roman fortlet or lookout post situated on the promontory just west of St. Gennys in Cornwall, between Cambeak and Dizzard Point. This fortlet and a similar one located a few miles to the north at Morwenstow, are thought to belong to the early invasion period prior to the Roman conquest of Wales, and were evidently built to keep a close watch on coastal traffic in the Bristol Channel, along with other, similar fortlets further east along the coast at Old Burrow and Martinhoe in Devon.

References for St Gennys

  • Roman Britain and the Roman Navy by David J.F. Mason (Tempus, Stroud, 2003) fig.30 and accompanying text.

Map References for St Gennys

NGRef: SX1497 OSMap: LR190

Roman Roads near St Gennys

None identified