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Cotehele, Cornwall

Historical Description

Cothele or Cotehele, the seat of the Mount-Edgcumbe family, on the NE verge of Cornwall, and on the river Tamar, 6t miles N of Saltash. The land around it belonged prior to the time of Edward III. to a family of the name of Cothele, and passed by marriage to an ancestor of the Earl of Mount-Edgcumbe. The mansion is a quadrangular embattled structure in Perpendicular English, apparently of the time of Henry VII; retains its pristine character in excellent preservation; is furnished in the same manner as in the time of Elizabeth; has a small simple interesting chapel, and contains many curiosities in ancient armour and other antiquities. Charles II. resided in it several days, George III. and his queen visited it in 1789, and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert made it a visit. The scenery on the Tamar adjacent to it is very fine.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


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