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Brief description of site

Gyllyngdune Gardens in Falmouth, Cornwall, are currently undergoing a £2.3M restoration programme, partly funded by the Heritage Lottery. Features include a Victorian bandstand, Edwardian terraced veranda, a quarry garden laid out as a Victorian fernery, shell seats and a shell cave, and exotic planting schemes.

Brief history of site

The gardens were once part of a 6.4 hectare estate first owned by General William Jessor Coope around 1837. He resided in Gyllyngdune House, which was built using stone quarried in the grounds. The house was surrounded by a sprawling Regency-style landscape of lawns, shrubberies and winding paths, with a walled garden and stables. When the general was tragically killed in a stagecoach accident, the estate was passed to his son, Rev. W J Coope, who created many of the features that still stand today.

Location information:

Locality: Falmouth

Local Authorities:

Cornwall; Falmouth

Historical County: Cornwall

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 204 Grid Ref: SW812320
Latitude: 50.1476 Longitude: -5.06391

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal site, open daily for general public use.

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: After 1837

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 1.6

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