Godolphin Estate

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Coordinates: 50°08′17″N 5°21′30″W / 50.138°N 5.3584°W / 50.138; -5.3584

Godolphin House
For the thoroughbred horse racing stables, see Godolphin Racing.
For the English politicians, see Earl of Godolphin or Sidney Godolphin (1652-1732)

The Godolphin Estate is a National Trust property situated in Godolphin Cross, 7 km (4.3 mi) north-west of Helston in Cornwall, United Kingdom.[1]

The Estate is the former seat of the Dukes of Leeds and the Earls of Godolphin. It contains a Tudor/Stuart mansion, complete with early formal gardens (dating from ca. 1500) and Elizabethan stables (circa 1600). The present house is remnant of a larger mansion. At one time it was a secondary seat of the Dukes of Leeds, but the Duke sold it in 1929.[2]

The Godolphin Estate came into the ownership of the National Trust in 2007. The Estate measures 550 acres (220 ha). The Trust has been improving public access to the Estate.[3]

Godolphin Hill provides views over west Cornwall. More than 400 recorded archaeological features range from Bronze Age enclosures to 19th-century mine buildings.

The large village of Godolphin Cross (sometimes Crossroads), in the parish of Breage, adjoins the estate to the east. Amenities include a public house and also a primary school.

House and gardens[edit]

Godolphin House is located at grid reference SW 601 318. The house and gardens were acquired by the National Trust in August 2007. Various events are held throughout the year.[4]

The house is approached from the north and consists of three wings around a square courtyard and the front wall of a further building on the south side. The main buildings originally stood to the south of this with two projecting wings. One room of the 16th century remains in the east range; this has linenfold panelling. Opposite the hall range is the Jacobean range; the north side is castellated and has a loggia of seven bays on the ground floor. Stylistc features here appear to be of the mid 17th century and suggest that the accepted date for the house of after 1712 is very unlikely.[5][6]

The house is available as a holiday let for approximately three weeks each month when it is not open to the public.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visitor Information - Godolphin". National Trust. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  2. ^ "Godolphin House". tourUK. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  3. ^ Reynolds, Nigel (2007-08-09). "National Trust buys Godolphin House". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  4. ^ "Visitor Information - Godolphin - Events". National Trust. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  5. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Radcliffe, Enid (1970). Cornwall (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England) (2nd ed.). p. 73. ISBN 978-0140710014. 
  6. ^ "Godolphin House, Breage". English Heritage. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  7. ^ "Holiday cottages - Godolphin House". National Trust. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  8. ^ Kennedy, Maev (2011-10-28). "Holiday spirits: a spooky stay in a grand National Trust house". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 

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