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Fowey Harbour Heritage Society

Welcome to the Fowey Harbour Heritage Society Website

Fowey harbour, which includes the communities of Fowey, Bodinnick and Polruan, has been a significant international trading port since the medieval period and is still a working port today, exporting china clay. Our aim is to encourage you to explore the area and find out more about the places and people that have contributed to its heritage.

Fowey Harbour Heritage Society

Promoting the heritage of the Fowey harbour area

The Society introduces you to the rich and varied history of Fowey harbour and what you can see today by:

  • Organising talks
  • Publishing an annual journal
  • Presenting our annual heritage awards
  • Providing heritage grants to local organisations
  • Promoting guided walks
  • Working with other societies on heritage projects

Programme of talks 2023/24

The programme of talks for 2023/24 is as follows;
All on Saturdays at 2pm.
9 Sept. The History of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. Malcolm Cross. Polruan Village Hall.
14 Oct. The Passmore Edwards Legacy. Dean Evans. Fowey Town Hall.
11 Nov. Robert Lenkiewicz, Artist and Teacher. Louise Courtnell. Whitecross Village Hall.
9 Dec. Lanhydrock and the Robartes family. Paul Holden. Squires Field Community Centre (Please note change of venue from Fowey Town Hall.)
13 Jan. Harvey's Forgotten Shipyard. Daisy Culmer. Fowey Town Hall.
10 Feb. The Rashleigh family, Charles and the creation of Charles' Town. Andy Trudgian. FTH.
9 March. The RNLI, 200 Years of saving Lives at Sea. Helen Doe. Delivered via Zoom.
13 April. Captain Lars Berg and the Timber Trade between Norway and Cornwall. Julie Tomlinson. Fowey Town Hall.


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Lanhydrock and the Robartes Family by Paul Holden, FSA

Lanhydrock and the Robartes Family by Paul Holden, FSA

Squires Field Community Centre (Please note change of venue from Town Hall)

9 December 2pm

Cost: £5 for FHHS members, £8 for non members.

Contact: Andrew Gardner 07769 977116 or Or via Ticket Tailor

Lanhydrock and the Robartes Family by Paul Holden.
Acquired in 1620 by the up-and-coming Robartes family, Lanhydrock was hardly occupied until the early 19th century when Anna Maria Agar (nee Hunt) inherited the house and the failing estate. She turned its fortunes around to hand over to her son Thomas James Agar-Robartes in 1829. A fire in 1881 forced the family to rebuild and extend the house into the grandest and most technologically advanced house in Cornwall. This talk will follow the fortunes of Lanhydrock and its resident family between the 1620s and 1970s. It will also consider the transfer of the house and grounds to the National Trust in 1953.

Paul Holden, FSA, is an architectural and cultural historian. He was House and Collections Manager at Lanhydrock for 20 years. Paul has lectured in America, the Czech Republic, Ireland and throughout the United Kingdom and has published widely, his most recent books are Cornish Distinctiveness (Shaun Tyas, 2023) and 50 years of the Cornish Buildings Group (CBG, 2023).

Do you have memories, information or pictures to share?

We would like to encourage you to contribute any material you may have about the history of Fowey Harbour. We would love to hear from you - to get in touch please click here .

We are pleased to be members of The Cornwall Association of Local Historians (CALH).

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