Thursday, 9 February 2017

Halligge Fogou - Trelowarren - Cornwall

Probably the main attraction to visiting Halligge Fogou in the Lizard National Park is to stand where others stood 2400 or even 2500 years ago. Occupied for around 700 years from the middle Iron Age, there is evidence of farming around the burial site.

Halligge Fogou consists of three chambers just beneath the surface of a hill, built of massive stone slabs.

This ancient attraction lies within the 1000 acres that make up the Trelowarren estate. There has been a house on this site since the Domeday Book at least. The estate came into the hands of the Vyvyan family, who often made a name for themselves, but frequently backed the wrong side in disputes of national standing.

The family was excommunicated in 1328, with the local Bishop bringing out the full force of bell, book and candle. Restored to their fortunes over time the family bought the estate in 1427 and are still in possession.

The lovely gardens were designed by Dionysus Williams in 1758 and have been restored to the glory of those days. The house suffered during the war, having been commandeered by the Army, and that led the family to make the estate commercial and attractive to visitors. The Stableyard hosts the Cornwall Crafts Centre and many of the outbuildings have been converted into luxury holiday homes.

Halligge Fogou

TR12 6AF

Trelowarren House

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