Greg Cross, a national Trust Woodland and Access Ranger from the Penrose estate, Helston, took members of Constantine History group on a historical journey of the Penrose estate, which has only had three owners in the last 1000 years: the Penroses, Rodgers and since 1974 the National Trust. The journey began at Gunwalloe where archaeological digs discovered dwellings dating back to the Bronze Age. Mining on the estate dates possibly from Roman times with Wheal Rose along the coast and Porkellis in the Cober Valley. The upper reaches of Loe Pool have been infilled with mine and streaming waste whilst other influences on this large expanse of freshwater have also included World War II activities and flood alleviation which has seen Loe Bar cut through to solve flooding in Helston.
The house originally of Medieval origin is still occupied by a member of the Rogers family. The formal gardens of the 18th century have almost disappeared but the parkland and the influences of the nineteenth century plant hunters are still visible.
The March meeting will be held on Friday 17th at 19.15 in the WI Hall Constantine. The speaker will be Lawson Tickell on the History of Culdrose. Visitors are always welcome.
Don Garman, Hon Secretary