Keigwin Arms, Mousehole, Cornwall


Mousehole, Keigwin Arms
c.1910 (the photo is 1893)
Publisher: Francis Frith & Co

The Keigwin Arms was situated at 5-7 Keigwin Place. Featured in the TV series Poldark, this is the oldest house in Mousehole being built by most accounts in the 14th century and then having cost the life of Squire Jenkyn Keigwin in 1595 whilst defending it against the Spaniards. The cannon ball that killed him was found in the house and is in the Penzance museum along with his sword.
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Keigwin and Little Keigwin were both originally part of a 16th century Manor House. Keigwin has an interesting gabled wing which projects out and is supported on pillars. Mousehole was destroyed in 1595 during a raid on Mount’s Bay by Spaniard Carlos de Amésquita. This building is the only building that survives from before this date. It has a plaque with the wording “Squire Jenkyn Keigwin was killed here 23rd July 1595 defending this house against the Spaniards”. Amésquita was a naval office who raided Cornwall with four Spanish galleys during the Anglo-Spanish War. He also bombarded Penzance sinking ships in the harbour during what is known as the Battle of Cornwall. He eventually went back to Brittany, managing to avoid the counterattack by the English fleet, commanded by Francis Drake and John Hawkins.
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