Visit to Mount Edgcumbe (Buildings Section)
Thu. 9 July 2020 at 1:30 pm
Mount Edgcumbe is now in Cornwall, but from 705 AD to 1844 that side of the River Tamar down to Rame Head was in Devon. It included the now-lost village of West Stonehouse, facing its opposite number across the Tamar at East Stonehouse.
Mount Edgcumbe House is the former seat of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Built between 1547 and 1553 of local Standon Grit with granite facings, unusually for the time it was built facing the view. Grade II listed, it was gutted by German bombs in 1941. Restoration did not begin until 1958, when the interiors were restored to an 18th century style. In 1971 the estate was sold jointly to Cornwall County Council and Plymouth City Council and opened to the public in 1988.
The grounds, which are Grade I listed, cover 865 acres, of which seven are formal gardens, and contain 55 Grade II listed buildings and a deer park founded in 1515. The Orangery, in which we will be having tea, was built in the mid 18th century.
13.30 Meet on The Terrace for a 1½ hour private guided tour of the house.
15:30 Cream tea in The Orangery Restaurant.
Directions: Postcode PL10 1HZ. From Plymouth via the Tamar Bridge A38, take A374 Torpoint, turn right onto B3247. For the intrepid there is a passenger ferry service from either (East) Stonehouse or The Barbican in Plymouth.
The cost includes the guided tour and afternoon tea.
Please note: bookings for this event close on 4th June, although a waiting list will be kept.