Cornwall (The Buildings of England)

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Cornwall is a land apart, one which has had a strong sense of its separate identity throughout history. Here are some of the richest and best preserved prehistoric and medieval landscapes in Britain, medieval castles and later coastal defences, and a land of inscribed stones, holy wells, wayside crosses and small churchtowns, scattered throughout its diverse countryside and along its beautiful coastline. Its medieval churches show monumental Norman fonts, accomplished C14 sculpture, striking C15 west towers and generously proportioned C15 and C16 aisles, with a wealth of medieval and Renaissance bench ends. Major houses can be found from all periods ranging from the spectacular mansions of the mining magnates like Tregothnan and Lanhydrock, through the supremely picturesque as at St Michael's Mount, to the exquisite Elizabethan of Trerice. The smaller houses of the Cornish gentry survive in significant numbers from the medieval period, many refashioned in the C18 and C19. Threaded through almost every landscape is evidence of Cornwall's distinguished mining history, and its towns, remarkably well preserved, offer fine public buildings of the C18 and C19, and at Truro the greatest English cathedral of the Victorian age. Among the architectural highlights of the last century are Lutyen's dramatic extension to Penheale, Modernist seaside houses, Barbara Hepworth's sculpture garden and the vast biomes of the Eden Project.

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Cornwall was the first volume in the Buildings of England series, published in 1951. This extensively revised edition brings much new research to bear on the history of the county's buildings, beginning with its rich prehistoric remains and early Christian structures and monuments including numerous Celtic crosses and holy wells. The high towers of the village churches, manor houses such as Cotehele, and the distinctive white-walled cottages in the villages and fishing towns contribute to Cornwall's unique, picturesque landscape. Cornwall is home to major country houses, including the spectacular castle of St Michael's Mount, as well as the greatest English cathedral of the Victorian age at Truro. The architectural legacy of industry is also of considerable importance, from the net houses of the fishing industry to the tapering engine-house chimneys of the tin mines.

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No county except Wiltshire is as rich as Cornwall in prehistoric remains. The inscribed milestone exhibited in St Hilary church and dating from the time of Constantine takes us into the centuries of early Christianity. Medieval military architecture is chiefly represented by a small group of eminently interesting round castles. Restormel is the most perfect of these - classic 13th century, Tremanton the one with the most extensive remains. The Earls of Falmouth rebuilt rebuilt their romantic castellated mansion of Tregothnan and obtained the services of Wilkins for this. He also built Pentillie for the Tillies, whereas Caerhayes, equally picturesque, is an early work of John Nash.

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