The mystery of Drakes Island has captivated many of us in recent decades, as it sits silent, isolated and locked away to all. At the heart of Plymouth Sound, it is a key feature within the landscape, and seen from the Rame Peninsula in Cornwall, much of Plymouth and around to Wembury Point; it can even be seen from Dartmoor.
In 1135 it was referred to as St. Michaels after the chapel that stood upon it, rededicated to become St. Nicolas’ at some time after. The Island kept this name until the early 20th century, when it adopted the name of Sir Francis Drake. He had been made governor of the island in 1583, not long after its first fortifications in 1549, and it is from then that the island started a long and unbroken military history.
Drake’s Island is a scheduled monument and considered of high heritage significance Continue reading