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Lanherne Carmelite Convent

Hob Uid: 429177
Location :
Cornwall
Mawgan-in-Pydar
Grid Ref : SW8719065910
Summary : Early 16th century house, possibly incorporating an earlier building. The former home of the Arundell family, possibly built on the site of a Celtic monastery, (SW 86 NE 55). Later additions can be dated to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The building consists of two parallel ranges with the inner range the earlier. There is a courtyard to the centre, with a rear range built circa 1700. The back of the building is said to have been refaced by Sir Christopher Wren. The house has served as a Carmelite convent since 1794. Near the convent is an Early Medieval cross, which was moved here from Roseworthy: see records 429217 and 425862.
More information : (SW 87196591) Lanherne (NR) (1)

See Illustrations Card for pamphlet on Lanherne. This Tudor House is in good condition and retains most of its original features according to Henderson who was able to make or obtain a plan of the house (MSS. Truro Museum). Since the Nunnery is a closed order it is impossible to view any part except the south-east front. See G.P. (2)

There was doubtless a Celtic monastery at Lanherne whose lands passed to the diocesan bishops before 1085. (3,4)

SW 87196591 Lanherne house/convent.

SW 87206592 Chapel of BV Mary, post-medieval building replacing ancient chapel. (5)

The Convent was the former house of the Arundell family, it is dated to the 16th century and includes an earlier building. Later additions can be dated to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and include the chapel. The building consists of 2 parallel ranges with the inner range the earlier. The back of the building was refaced by Sir Christopher Wren. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 05-DEC-69
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Source Number : 3
Source : The Cornish church guide and parochial history of Cornwall
Source details : Cornish Churches Guide 1964 134 (C Henderson)
Page(s) : 134
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Source Number : 4
Source : Medieval religious houses in England and Wales
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Source Number : 5
Source : Cornish archaeology
Source details : P Sheppard
Page(s) : 121-2
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Vol(s) : 17, 1978
Source Number : 5a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : SMR SW 86 NE 24 24/1
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Source Number : 6
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) Restormel May 1988 58-59
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Pre C16
Monument End Date : 1499
Monument Start Date :
Monument Type : Building
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Early C16
Monument End Date : 1532
Monument Start Date : 1500
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : c1700
Monument End Date : 1710
Monument Start Date : 1690
Monument Type : Courtyard House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : C18
Monument End Date : 1799
Monument Start Date : 1700
Monument Type : Courtyard House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : 1794
Monument End Date : 1794
Monument Start Date : 1794
Monument Type : Carmelite Nunnery
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : C19
Monument End Date : 1900
Monument Start Date : 1801
Monument Type : Carmelite Nunnery, Chapel
Evidence : Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 61277
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 71101
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1144134
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SW 86 NE 2
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 425862
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 429217
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SW 86 NE 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1969-12-05
End Date : 1969-12-05