Boskenna

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Boskenna
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Boskenna Cross
Boskenna is located in Cornwall
Boskenna
Boskenna
Boskenna shown within Cornwall
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50°03′25″N 5°36′00″W / 50.057°N 05.60°W / 50.057; -05.60Coordinates: 50°03′25″N 5°36′00″W / 50.057°N 05.60°W / 50.057; -05.60

Boskenna is an early medieval settlement and large 17th-century mansion house with associated farms in the civil parish of St Buryan, west Cornwall, United Kingdom.[1] Nearby, to the south, is the valley and cove of St Loy and the site of St Loy's chapel which was on the Boskenna side of a stream.[2] Mary Wesley lived at Boskenna for a time and later used it as a backdrop in some of her novels, including The Camomile Lawn.

History[edit]

It is first recorded as Boschene in the 13th or 14th century, and the house was enlarged and altered in the 19th century.[3][4] Boskenna was the home of the Paynter family for centuries and the oldest part of Boskenna House dates from 1678 and now forms its northwest wing. In 1881 the estate was ″about 1300 acres of land, pretty much in a ring-fence″. The house was rebuilt in 1888 incorporating some replications of 17th-century features and some original 17th-century ones (though not all in situ) in the exterior. Inside the 17th-century parlour with its fine ribbed plaster ceiling and the 17th-century open-well stair have been retained.[5] The estate was sold in 1957, at which time it consisted of seven farms, five market gardens and a manor house.[6]

English author Mary Wesley lived at Boskenna for a period of time and later used it as a backdrop in her novels The Camomile Lawn, Not That Sort of Girl, A Dubious Legacy and Part of the Furniture.[7]

Boskenna cross is a Cornish cross which stands where three roads meet south-east of St Buryan churchtown. It was found buried in a hedge at this road junction in 1869. Only the carved upper part of the cross is ancient.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ OS Explorer Land's End (Map). Southampton: Ordnance Survey. 2015. ISBN 978 0 319 24304 6.
  2. ^ "Chapels Of St Loy and St Dellan". Pastscapes. English Heritage. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Cornwall & Scilly HER". Heritage Gateway. English Heritage. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Boskenna". Pastscapes. English Heritage. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  5. ^ Beacham, Peter; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2014). Cornwall. New Haven and London: Yale University Press ISBN 978 0 300 12668 6; p. 511
  6. ^ James Martin Hosking, Boskenna and the Paynters, Penzance Publishing, 1999, ISBN 0-9501296-4-X
  7. ^ Marnham, Patrick (2006). Wild Mary: A Life of Mary Wesley. Chatto & Windus. p. 42. ISBN 0701179910.
  8. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard; pp. 126-28