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Great Britain Carclew House - Cornwall

BikinGlynn

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The History

Carclew House was once described as one of Britains best houses!
The original house and estate were purchased by a wealthy merchant William Lemon (1696–1760) circa 1739.
work began in 1739, the enhancement to the mansion included flanking the main block with colonnades terminated by small pavilions in the fashionable Palladian manner, the design was similar in appearance to drawings of Palladio's planned Villa Ragona.

At the beginning of the 19th century William Lemon's grandson Sir William Lemon (1748–1824) had the house expanded further. He employed the architect William Wood (1746–1818) to create new wings in the place of the pavilions designed by Edwards. Work began in 1799 with the east wing being built in 1800 and the west wing in 1802. The wings were linked to the corps de logis by raised colonnaded connecting wings on the site of Edwards's original colonnades.

Sir Charles Lemon was amongst the first people in England to receive and grow rhododendron seed from Sir Joseph Hooker, who had sent seed directly to Carclew House from his Himalayan expedition of 1848–1850.[5] The Rhododendron arboretum specimen at Carclew, planted c. 1850 by Sir Charles became one of the most famous in Cornwall. By 1928 it was about 35 feet high.

In 1934 Carclew was destroyed by fire and today just a few ruins are visible of what was once one of Cornwall's great houses.[6] It was then owned by Captain Charles H. Tremayne, a descendant of Sir Charles Lemon.[7] In the late 1930s though, one wing was ‘made habitable by hard work’ and brought into service as a reception centre for refugees coming from Europe. This was a project of the Society of Friends’ Peace Committee and was run by James T. Bail

The Explore

I was down south on holiday with the good lady but when in Rome & all that!
I had a few explores planned before I went but hadnt seen this one & indeed can only find one expired report from 2012. I noticed this while browsing the net one eve when down there & though it looked a bit tricky but worth a bash.

Now the area is quite affluent & given all the private signs guess they dont take too kindly to visitors so decided to do an early start. This is in close proximity to a live farm & newer houses which would explain the rather out of place swimming pool!
I nearly copped it straight away too when a car came down the main private road I was walking along. There was no hedges or trees just a slight slope into a field of stubble so I just hit the deck, tucked my arms in & made like a log! unbelievably the car drove straight by 6ft away & didnt see me lol

Anyway on with the pics, please bear in mind it was 6am & pitch black so I struggled a bit here, but its amazing what u can do with lightroom ;-)

48847864661_2a12173e22_b.jpg9O5A3552 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48848057527_f19d67d06a_b.jpg9O5A3550 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48847863696_19ddd4dd34_b.jpg9O5A3566 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48848056537_44f84a2a1b_b.jpg9O5A3568 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48847504698_3e2237551c_b.jpg9O5A3557 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48847504433_d9d5e47f02_b.jpg9O5A3560 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48847864571_d1276b85a5_b.jpg9O5A3554 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48847863326_b7bb376cb0_b.jpg9O5A3571 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48847864801_d68a3aa5f0_b.jpg9O5A3548 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48848057352_e26975affc_b.jpg9O5A3555 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48847503803_730ea76fe9_b.jpg9O5A3570 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


48847505203_21c89b5748_b.jpg9O5A3546 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr
 

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Some nice pics to be had there
 

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Even as a ruin still beautiful. Unfortunately, I found online only old outdoor shots. Would be interesting to see how it once looked inside.

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Even as a ruin still beautiful. Unfortunately, I found online only old outdoor shots. Would be interesting to see how it once looked inside.

Thats cool Andy. Impossible to tell it even had the wing on the right.
In fact just out of my shot is another live house pretty much where that wing was!

Amazing also them pillars are still standing when the main structure behind them is long gone!
 
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