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Brief description of site

Pencarrow has 19th-century woodland gardens within a larger woodland estate. There is also a formal garden of around 12 hectares close to house. The site occupies a total of 70 hectares. The estate features a conifer collection, rhododendrons and camellias, as well as a granite rockery and a sunken Italian garden.

Brief history of site

Pencarrow was owned by a family of the same name until the late-15th century. It was then acquired first by the Walker family, and subsequently, in the late-16th century, by John Molesworth. The gardens were designed and laid out by his descendant, Sir William Molesworth, between 1831 and 1855. The gardens were restored and replanted after World War 2.

Location information:

Address: Pencarrow, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 3AG

Locality: Bodmin

Local Authorities:

Cornwall; Egloshayle

Historical County: Cornwall

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 200 Grid Ref: SX040710
Latitude: 50.5059 Longitude: -4.76546


The garden lies north of the A389 between Wadebridge and Bodmin. It is 4 miles north-west of Bodmin, and signed from the A389 and B3266 at Washaway.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open from March until October, the house from April to October. Please see:

Visitor information:

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1831 to 1855

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 70

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