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Godolphin Cross

National Trust

Godolphin House
Grid reference: SW599321
Website: Godolphin

Godolphin is a lordly estate of 555 acres with a grand house and beautiful garden near Helston in Cornwall. Today it belongs to the National Trust.

The estate is found at Godolphin Cross, a few miles north-west of Helston. It was formerly the seat of the Dukes of Leeds and the Earls of Godolphin.

The estate contains a Tudor/Stuart mansion, Godolphin House with early formal gardens (dating from around 1500) and Elizabethan stables (circa 1600). The present house is remnant of a larger mansion. At one time it was a secondary seat of the Dukes of Leeds, but the Duke sold it in 1929.

Godolphin Hill provides views over west Cornwall. More than 400 recorded archaeological features range from Bronze Age enclosures to 19th-century mine buildings.

The house and gardens were acquired by the National Trust in August 2007. Various events are held throughout the year including food and craft fairs. The food and drink event held on May Bank Holiday weekend attracts up to 3000 people and is a popular event in Cornwall.

House and gardens

Godolphin House is approached from the north and consists of three wings around a square courtyard and the front wall of a further building on the south side. The main buildings originally stood to the south of this with two projecting wings. One room of the 16th century remains in the east range; this has linenfold panelling. Opposite the hall range is the Jacobean range; the north side is castellated and has a loggia of seven bays on the ground floor. Stylistc features here appear to be of the mid 17th century and suggest that the accepted date for the house of after 1712 is very unlikely.[1][2]

Outside links


  1. Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed., revised by E. Radcliffe. Penguin; p. 73
  2. Godolphin House – British Listed Buildings