History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The manor of Penhallam formed part of the honour of Cardinham. The holder, Richard fitz Turold, probably began the building at Penhallam around 1187. His descendants, the de Cardinham family, were responsible for the major building here.
The site is surrounded by a ringwork constructed shortly after the Norman Conquest. The surviving walls average about .8 metres wide and rise to a maximum height of 1.4 metres high in one corner. The moat is up to 12 metres wide and flat-bottomed. There are four ranges of buildings visible on the site.
The earliest is the east range, which was built around 1180-1200. A wardrobe and garderobe were added around 1200. Further expansion took place between 1224-1236, when a hall, chapel, bakehouse, and buttery were added. Kitchens and a service wing were rebuilt around 1300.
We know that the house was still occupied in 1319 when Isabella de Beaupre was granted a license to hold mass at her oratory at Penhallam. It seems likely that the house fell into disuse and was abandoned sometime around 1360.
There is a small parking area off the minor road outside week St Mary. From the parking area, a signed trail leads through lovely woodland for 10 minutes before reaching the manor site. The going can be muddy in places, and there are some very muddy places inside the manor itself, so waterproof footwear is a good idea. The manor site is idyllic and peaceful, and when the late afternoon sun filters through the surrounding trees Penhallam is a wonderfully atmospheric place.
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About Penhallam Manor
Address: Week St Mary, Cornwall, England, EX22 6XW
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: A 10-minute walk on a forest trail from a parking area on a minor road off the A39 near Treskinnick Cross. Signposted from Week St Mary.
Website: Penhallam Manor
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Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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