Cornwall’s Great Houses and Gardens

Barry Gamble

Cornwall's Great Houses and Gardens cover imageCornwall’s great houses and gardens collectively contribute substantially to the distinctive character of our rich and diverse historic environment. They have fascinating stories to tell and, in general, are now more accessible to the public than ever before. This book is a guide to fifty of the most significant properties, from Tresco to the Tamar, with stunning photographs – including aerial views never previously published – and authoritative text.

After a career in industry, Barry Gamble entered the spe­cial­ist field of her­it­age inter­pret­a­tion in the 1990s. This takes him all over the world, and he continues to work regularly and extensively on a variety of subjects in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. He was a mem­ber of the Bid Team for the Corn­wall and West Devon Min­ing Land­scape World Her­it­age Site as prin­cipal author of the nom­in­a­tion to UNESCO’s World Her­it­age List (see Cornish Min­ing World Her­it­age), and is author of the Pocket Cornwall books Cornish Mines: St Just to Redruth and Cornish Mines: Gwennap to the Tamar.

Cornwall’s Great Houses and Gardens is pub­lished in our Pocket Corn­wall series.

  • Introduction
  • About this Book
  • Abbey Garden, Tresco
  • Trengwainton
  • Trewidden
  • St Michael’s Mount
  • Clowance
  • Godolphin
  • Penrose Estate
  • Trevarno
  • Trelowarren
  • Bochym Manor
  • Penjerrick
  • Trebah
  • Glendurgan
  • Carwinion
  • Penwarne
  • Tregothnan
  • Trelissick
  • Enys
  • Carclew
  • Burncoose
  • Scorrier
  • Tregullow
  • Pengreep
  • Trevince
  • Tehidy
  • Killiow
  • Trewithen
  • Trerice
  • Chyverton
  • Prideaux Place
  • Caerhays Castle
  • Heligan
  • Menabilly
  • Tregrehan
  • Place
  • Boconnoc
  • Pencarrow
  • Lanhydrock
  • Glynn House
  • Rosecraddoc Manor
  • Trebartha
  • Werrington Park
  • Sandhill
  • Cotehele
  • Pentillie
  • Catchfrench
  • Port Eliot
  • Ince Castle
  • Antony
  • Mount Edgcumbe

ISBN 9780906720790
1st edition

176 pages
137 colour photographs
150 x 153 mm

‘Barry Gamble takes readers of Cornwall’s Great Houses and Gardens on a personal tour of some of his favourites, illustrated with… aerial shots never before published which were taken from the open door of a helicopter, giving majestic vistas most of us will never see.’ (Sunday Independent, 16.03.14)

‘The quiet grandeur of Cornwall’s great houses… They nestle amid wooded glades or by curling rivers and seem as much a part of the Cornish landscape as quiet cove or stark industrial remains. Barry Gamble’s small but fascinating book… has homed in on some of the most significant properties’ (Cornish & Devon Post, 24.04.14)

‘Cornwall’s Great Houses and Gardens described and superbly depicted by Barry Gamble … Includes many aerial views never previously published.’ (Evergreen, Summer 2014)

‘Barry Gamble describes his personal selection of the county’s best with precision’ (Historic Gardens Newsletter, issue 39, July 2014)

‘the aerial perspective [of the colour photographs] is ideal for showing garden layout and tree-planting schemes.
‘In his well-written text, the author displays an erudite knowledge of Cornish history and its leading families…
‘The text is meticulously edited…’ (Historic House, Autumn 2014)

‘a very accessible and visually attractive gazetteer of Cornish gardens. … a lovely overview… draws heavily on the author’s background in mining heritage and shows the extent to which we must be thankful for Cornwall’s mining industry. Without this economic background many of the houses and gardens would not have existed.’ (Cornwall Gardens Trust, Winter Newsletter 2014)

‘cracking little guide… sound descriptive information and background histories of these noted buildings and estates and their associated families… the significance of their plant collections and landscaping… the abundance of full-colour photos throughout… make it a very appealing read… a pleasure to own and refer to.’ (Old Cornwall, Vol XIV, no. 12, Spring 2015)

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