St. Catherine's Island, Tenby
A couple of months ago I was called up one evening by a guy called Pete. He told me he was the manager of St. Catherine's Island and was looking to do some new stuff there. Obviously I was intrigued.
St. Catherine's Island has had a long and interesting history. It is recorded that a small fort was constructed on the Island during the battle of Hastings 1066 and after that the island was established as a place of Christian worship by the creation of a small chapel built on the promontory of the island. On it now stands a Napoleonic fort, built in 1886, to withstand an invasion from France, that was deemed a major threat at the time. The invasion never materialised but the fort remains. Around 1907 the fort was bought by the Windsor Richards family who converted it into a house. This included installing parquet flooring in the casemates and lavish decorative features. They also built a 2 bedroom summerhouse at the front of the island. When the house was compulsory purchased in 1940 the internal fittings were auctioned by Harrods and the catalogue still exists. After WWII the fort was then acquired by a local solicitor who rented the property, and the travel writer Norman Lewis is recorded as staying there in 1947- 1948. The fort was sold to a Tenby businessman in 1962 and in March 1968 the fort was turned into a zoo and had two operators before relocating in 1979. The fort has effectively stood empty since this time.
Pete asked if I was interested in running rock climbing experiences for people visiting Tenby. I said I was.
After many meetings, planning, preparation work and general hard graft, we are now ready to launch this coming Saturday.
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