"On Saturday July 16th about 8 members met at Godolphin in west Cornwall. All were from the local area but as the holiday traffic had begun perhaps members from further afield were worried whether they would ever arrive! The weather was good and there were enough different subjects to keep us all happy. The Godolphin estate has belonged to the National Trust for a long time but the house, which dates back to 1475 has only recently come into their hands. Unfortunately the house wasn’t open; it only opens to visitors the first week of the month but is usually a holiday let. However there was plenty to see outside. To the south is Godolphin Hill with beautiful views and the ruins of the engine house for Great Works mine. To the north are woods riddled with mine shafts! Around the house are historic gardens which are being restored and the cider house which houses an exhibition on granite at the moment. The house had to be extensively repaired after the Trust acquired it as it was almost falling down – one of the local camera clubs was invited to visit to document the danger! We enjoyed a lovely summer’s day, both for the photographic and social aspects. I would definitely recommend a visit if you are coming to the area from up-country."
Margaret Hocking ARPS
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