Mount Edgcumbe

Mount Edgcumbe was the subject of a three year site investigation, 2007-9, by staff and students from the Universities of Plymouth and Pennsylvania in partnership with Plymouth City Council and Cornwall County Council. Mount Edgcumbe is the historic seat of the Edgcumbe family and an extensive country estate on the Rame peninsula in Cornwall, overlooking Plymouth Sound and the city of Plymouth.

Today the estate is owned and managed jointly as a public park and heritage site by Plymouth City and Cornwall County councils as the Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. Mount Edgcumbe has a long history of landscape management and design from its origins as a medieval deer park, however, our investigations focused on the eighteenth century landscape gardens and seats or gardens houses including the detailed physical investigations of the English Garden House and French Garden House where previously unknown frescoes were discovered. 

Another team investigated the landscape history of the site and made recommendations for restoring historic site lines across the gardens towards the Sound. 

For more information please contact Daniel Maudlin.