Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

Alternative Names
Historic CountryCornwall
Modern AuthorityCornwall
1974 AuthorityCornwall
Civil ParishMawgan In Pydar

Carmelite convent, formerly the house of the Arundell family. Early C16, possibly including earlier building. Additions of C17, and a rear range of late C17, circa 1700; C18 and C19 additions, including the chapel. The house was built by one of the earlier Arundells in whose family the Manor had been since 1231, when the marriage to Lady Alice Fulcar, heiress of Lanherne, the manor passed to Sir Remphrey Arundell. The house is said to contain good plasterwork, and an arched-brace roof may survive over the wing along the left side. There are probably also many other interesting internal features. (Listed Building Report)

A single stretch of broad ditch on the west side of Lanherne itself might also be part of a moat. (Preston-Jones and Rose 1986)

Gatehouse Comments

Listed in Salter gazetteer of Cornish castles. The house was of a status where one might well expect it to be dressed up with martial symbols but the actual evidence is for this is scant. PastScape records 'There was doubtless a Celtic monastery at Lanherne whose lands passed to the diocesan bishops before 1085.' but does not seem to be any suggestion this was a residential manor of the bishops. The location, by the church and at a crossing point of the Vale of Mawgan, is that of a local administrative centre but there is no suggestion of any earlier use of the site, other than the Celtic monastery.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSW871659
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  • Salter, Mike, 1999, The Castles of Devon and Cornwall (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 47 (slight)
  • Knowles, David and Hadcock, R Neville, 1971, Medieval religious houses in England and Wales (Longman) p. 476
  • Henderson, Charles, 1925, The Cornish church guide and Parochial History of Cornwall p. 134
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 360 online copy


  • Preston-Jones, Ann and Rose, Peter, 1986, 'Medieval Cornwall' Cornish Archaeology Hendhyscans Kernow Vol. 25 p. 135-185 online copy
  • Sheppard, P., 1978, 'Parochial Check-Lists of Antiquities' Cornish Archaeology Hendhyscans Kernow Vol. 17 p. 122 online copy