Lanherne Carmelite Convent


The original, Grade I listed, manor house at Lanherne was constructed in phases during the 16th and 17th Centuries. The east wing and church to the north as well as the medieval nuns’ choir still remain. The Arundell family carried out extensive work during the early 18th Century when the south and west wings and the walled garden were added. The buildings in their current form largely date from the late 18th Century when the house was converted to a convent following the arrival of the Carmelite sisters fleeing persecution following the French Revolution. We have carried out a structural inspection of the buildings and walled garden and proposed a repair approach for the minor structural defects in the main building which were attributable to water ingress or inadequate drainage. An external workshop had deteriorated badly and the west elevation of the walled garden represented an immediate health and safety hazard and recommendations have been made to rectify this.

Trustees of the Diocese of Plymouth : Purcell