|Native name |
Courtyard of Cotehele House
|OS grid reference|
|Architectural style(s)||Medieval & Tudor|
|Official name: Cotehele House|
|Designated||21 July 1951|
Cotehele (Cornish: Kosheyl) (grid reference ) is a medieval house with Tudor additions, situated in the parish of Calstock in the east of Cornwall, England. It is a rambling granite and slate-stone manor house on the banks of the River Tamar that has been little changed over five centuries.
Probably originating circa 1300, the main phases of building appear to have been started by Sir Richard Edgcumbe from 1485–89 and followed by his son, Sir Piers Edgcumbe, from 1489-1520. This house is one of the least altered of the Tudor houses in the United Kingdom. The outbuildings include a stone dovecote in a remarkable state of preservation. For centuries a second home of the Edgcumbe family, it was the first property to be accepted by the Treasury in payment of death duty. The house and estate are now under the care of the National Trust. Notable contents include the Cotehele cupboard and the Cotehele clock.
The house is a Grade I listed building, having been so designated on 21 July, 1951. The house was probably founded around 1300 and various alterations were made in the early fifteenth century. Sir Richard Edgcumbe seems to have been involved in the first phase of development from 1486 to 1489, with his son Sir Piers Edgcumbe taking over for the second phase, from 1489 to 1520.
The grounds stretch down to a quay on the River Tamar where there is an outpost of the National Maritime Museum. There are a number of formal gardens and a richly planted area in the valley; features include a medieval dovecote, a stewpond, a Victorian summerhouse and an eighteenth century tower. The gardens and parkland are listed as Grade II* on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.
In 2008 a 'Mother Orchard' of over 250 apple trees, mainly of West-country varieties was planted. The 8 acre orchard site is divided into eating, culinary and cider varieties.
Cotehele House Chapel
In Cotehele, on the west side of Hall Court are the Vicarage and the Chapel, the chapel is connected to the main building via a small passageway leading to the dining room. The patron saints are St. Katharine and St. Anne. The chapel is among the oldest rooms in the house, alongside the Great Hall. In the chapel, there is a very rare and the original clock, still in operation today, it dates back to the Tudor period.
Cotehele Woodland Chapel
In the grounds of Cotehele, directly East of the House close to the River Tamar, lies a peaceful, basic chapel. inside there are pews going around the walls, two minister's benches and a very ornate table. the patron saint of the chapel is that of St. Thomas Becket.
The Edgcumbe Chapel
The Edgcumbe Chapel is located in the East of the Northern aisle at St. Andrew's Church Calstock, it contains two monuments of the late 17th- century: to Piers Edgcumbe (1666) and to Jemima, Countess of Sandwich (1674). it is no longer a chapel, but used by ministers to store religious items.
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