“The Unknown History of Caerhays” by Stephen Tyrrell

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1 November 2010

A prelude to the launch of the new book on Caerhays available in the Spring Sunday 7th November 2010 at Caerhays Castle.

Caerhays Castle is a romantic castle designed by John Nash for the Trevanions. Caerhays was important in the thirteenth century and by 1550 was one of the great houses of Cornwall.
  • It had long been thought that there were no earlier remains on the site. However, new research has found much from the great Tudor house, built in 1547, which belonged to the Trevanions, one of the wealthiest families of Cornwall.
  • It is important for the history of gardening in Cornwall that we have also been able to trace the great garden added by the Trevanions around 1700. The walks, walls and towers can still be found and make it a rare and fascinating survival in the west of England.
  • We have also for the first time found the site of a yet earlier medieval mansion, together with the 7thC or 8thC bank and ditched farmstead that preceded it.

This talk provides more information not only on the history of the existing house but also on the landscape, earlier buildings, the lost great house of Trevanion and the dramatic history of the Trevanion family themselves.

It was the Trevanions who built Caerhays and it was they who went bankrupt so spectacularly around 1839 that they managed to almost vanish from the history of Cornwall. This talk tells of the Trevanion Family and explains the landscape and history of the earlier and current great buildings. It is intended to set out the discoveries at Caerhays which are exciting for the history and gardens of Cornwall.

Time: 11.30am for 12noon
Ticket price: £30 per person to include a buffet lunch and wine
RSVP: by Monday 1st November to mary.k@caerhays.co.uk or phone the Estate Office: 01872 501310
Please make cheques payable to the Caerhays Estate, Please pass your invite on if you are unable to come.