Lanhydrock House, photo courtesy of NTPL / Rupert Truman.

Field trip to Lanhydrock House and estate

As an essential part of the third year module Society, Landscape and Environment c.1500-1800, students of History at Tremough undertake a field trip visit to the stunning Lanhydrock House, part of the parish of Lanhydrock in the centre of Cornwall.

The grade 1 listed building stands in extensive grounds (nearly 900 acres) above the River Fowey, and has been owned and managed by the National Trust since 1953. Students are introduced to the house’s history and the National Trust’s work on the estate landscape by Paul Holden, House and Collections Manager for the National Trust.

Students are presented with a talk on the seventeenth-century owners of Lanhydrock, the Robartes family, and how they used the landscape to reflect their political power and cultural aspirations. They are also treated to an exclusive viewing of the Lanhydrock Atlas, a remarkable and unique map of the estate made in the 1690s. Students have plenty of time to ask questions in relation to both the module and the National Trust more generally. Opportunities like this provide students with rich insights into heritage and conservation and the making of the English landscape.