Trust acquires Godolphin House

One of Europe’s most important gardens, dating back more than 600 years, has been acquired by the National Trust, which wants it awarded a Grade I listing.

The National Trust bought Godolphin House and garden for an unspecified sum from the Schofield family, who have owned it for the past 70 years. The 1.6ha garden in west Cornwall dates back to the Middle Ages, and includes the 15th-century King’s Garden. The East Garden features planted squares, two granite-faced fishponds and raised walks overlooking areas once used for bowling, parterres and orchards. “The garden is an almost unique and near miraculous survival from the 14th and 16th centuries,” said National Trust director-general Fiona Reynolds. “It is rightly heralded as one of the most important gardens in Europe, and such a formal early -garden scheme is unusual and significant.” Given the garden’s importance, English Heritage supported upgrading its status from Grade II* to Grade I, she added. The house and garden are set within a 222ha estate, which has been owned by the trust since 2000. The land is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

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