Pencarrow, Washaway, near Bodmin

Pam Dodds on behalf of the Recording Team

Recording the gardens at Pencarrow has been an unusual experience for us in a number of ways. Team members have changed roles, come and gone over the past two or so years.  Last autumn, Dr Angela Stubbs and I worked opposite each other at the kitchen table debating each phrase.  Earlier, team member David Burdekin reported on the trees, and Trish Gibson gathered garden information.

Typically, when gathering the history of a garden, the team has to search far and wide (sometimes with meagre results). Dr David Donaldson, honorary archivist of the Friends of Pencarrow, was able to search out and photocopy reams of relevant material from the archives at Pencarrow House plant lists, correspondence, diaries, accounts, illustrations and much more.  Also he patiently answered our questions about the Molesworths who created and developed the existing garden.  It includes lodges, cottages, fountain, grotto, rockery, ice-house, lake, bog garden, kitchen garden and Italian (or ‘Italianate’) garden disposed over some twenty hectares.

Due partly to the huge amount of information to be studied, Pencarrow is proving to be a large project. And if the progress on our Pencarrow field trips seems on the slow side, we plead that Iona, Lady Molesworth St Aubyn’s hospitality convivial liquid refreshment accompanying a substantial lunch must shoulder some responsibility for a certain afternoon lassitude in the garden.  This last is not a typical recording experience, either.

Fountain at Pencarrow

Fountain at Pencarrow