History uncovered at Enys House as volunteers clean up

A trunk full of belongings from a Second World War Dutch marine, from the time the house was used to station troops

A trunk full of belongings from a Second World War Dutch marine, from the time the house was used to station troops

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The past keeps resurfacing at Enys house and gardens as volunteers work to rectify years of neglect.

Last week the Packet reported that a 100-year-old bike was found in an area that hadn’t been entered for a century, and since then ornate gardening labels and |paraphernalia were discovered by |gardeners working to unearth the Victorian glasshouses and restore the walled garden.

The team has also uncovered a trunk full of belongings from a Second World War Dutch marine, and years of Enys family ledgers and documents, but more work and more volunteers are needed.

Danni Dixon, head gardener, said: “We need more volunteers, for gardening, woodworking, general stewarding and |the kiosk.

“We have people who normally do a regular day; Wednesdays are our busiest when people come down from 10am to 3pm and do a stint.

“Everyone has got their different skills: It’s not just weeding, we have got more physical jobs.”

Finds at the house include items from the time the house was used to station troops during the Second World War, a tribal mask, a herbarium documenting the flora found by former Enys occupant John Davies Enys, and other artefacts from the travels of the Enys family who lived on the estate.

As well as Danni, there is another volunteer Ben Evans who stays at the |property, and a researcher Clare who is documenting what is discovered, including looking through old estate documents.

Danni said: “Recently we found some really ancient maps. They show the |development of the estate, how it changed after the fire to the way it is now. They show that the walled garden went all the way up to the house.”

The walled garden is one of the areas which Danni hopes to reopen to the public in the future, although it will take |more work.

Danni said: “I’m hoping to bring the |natural gardens back, not too developed. To get the walled garden open, and |other areas.

“It’s a bit like a garden for people to come every year to see the development, and come back next year to see what else has been done. Which people enjoy.”

She said although the estate has always had a gardener, it became neglected after the First World War when many of |the estate workers went away to join the armed forces.

She added: “I want to take it back to a wilderness, a bit like Heligan. Though I think it’s better.”

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5:43pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

It must make the work more interesting and thought provoking, finding all these items from the past. It would be good if they could have them permanently available for display to the public, similar to when Trevarno had a museum of old gardening equipment within the gardens, when it used to be open to the public.
It must make the work more interesting and thought provoking, finding all these items from the past. It would be good if they could have them permanently available for display to the public, similar to when Trevarno had a museum of old gardening equipment within the gardens, when it used to be open to the public. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 6

8:38am Mon 18 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Helston John wrote:
That's a stupid idea, they've already got a load of second world war stuff and old bikes in Helston museum.
I am aware of that, I visit Helston museum regularly, I just thought it might add attraction and interest in the garden at Enys House, to display items that had been found during the renovation.
[quote][p][bold]Helston John[/bold] wrote: That's a stupid idea, they've already got a load of second world war stuff and old bikes in Helston museum.[/p][/quote]I am aware of that, I visit Helston museum regularly, I just thought it might add attraction and interest in the garden at Enys House, to display items that had been found during the renovation. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 4

12:21pm Mon 18 Aug 14

meerkats says...

Gill Z Martin wrote:
Helston John wrote:
That's a stupid idea, they've already got a load of second world war stuff and old bikes in Helston museum.
I am aware of that, I visit Helston museum regularly, I just thought it might add attraction and interest in the garden at Enys House, to display items that had been found during the renovation.
i think its a good idea Gill and would appeal to many people to see these items on display.
[quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Helston John[/bold] wrote: That's a stupid idea, they've already got a load of second world war stuff and old bikes in Helston museum.[/p][/quote]I am aware of that, I visit Helston museum regularly, I just thought it might add attraction and interest in the garden at Enys House, to display items that had been found during the renovation.[/p][/quote]i think its a good idea Gill and would appeal to many people to see these items on display. meerkats
  • Score: 2

3:16pm Mon 18 Aug 14

vb4612 says...

Just to let you know, I am actually the guy in the photo, and I am also the one who restored the bike. The artifacts WILL go on display as soon as we have created a suitable display area for them, and as we have people living in the Gardens 24 hours a day with additional CCTV coverage, they will be well looked after.
Just to let you know, I am actually the guy in the photo, and I am also the one who restored the bike. The artifacts WILL go on display as soon as we have created a suitable display area for them, and as we have people living in the Gardens 24 hours a day with additional CCTV coverage, they will be well looked after. vb4612
  • Score: 5

4:21pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

vb4612 wrote:
Just to let you know, I am actually the guy in the photo, and I am also the one who restored the bike. The artifacts WILL go on display as soon as we have created a suitable display area for them, and as we have people living in the Gardens 24 hours a day with additional CCTV coverage, they will be well looked after.
That is great, thank you for posting your comment and letting us know.
[quote][p][bold]vb4612[/bold] wrote: Just to let you know, I am actually the guy in the photo, and I am also the one who restored the bike. The artifacts WILL go on display as soon as we have created a suitable display area for them, and as we have people living in the Gardens 24 hours a day with additional CCTV coverage, they will be well looked after.[/p][/quote]That is great, thank you for posting your comment and letting us know. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 4

4:24pm Mon 18 Aug 14

meerkats says...

Helston John wrote:
No it's not, Gills idea is completely stupid they'd have to make sure no one like jirakitt stole them if they had them on display.
Gills idea is not so stupid after all is it after reading the comment below.
[quote][p][bold]Helston John[/bold] wrote: No it's not, Gills idea is completely stupid they'd have to make sure no one like jirakitt stole them if they had them on display.[/p][/quote]Gills idea is not so stupid after all is it after reading the comment below. meerkats
  • Score: 3

4:26pm Mon 18 Aug 14

meerkats says...

meerkats wrote:
Helston John wrote:
No it's not, Gills idea is completely stupid they'd have to make sure no one like jirakitt stole them if they had them on display.
Gills idea is not so stupid after all is it after reading the comment below.
Below your original comment i mean before you correct me
[quote][p][bold]meerkats[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Helston John[/bold] wrote: No it's not, Gills idea is completely stupid they'd have to make sure no one like jirakitt stole them if they had them on display.[/p][/quote]Gills idea is not so stupid after all is it after reading the comment below.[/p][/quote]Below your original comment i mean before you correct me meerkats
  • Score: 1

2:44pm Wed 20 Aug 14

diesel 1 says...

helston john spouting off again about somrthing he knows nothing about. He should be in a museum, preferably stuffed.
helston john spouting off again about somrthing he knows nothing about. He should be in a museum, preferably stuffed. diesel 1
  • Score: 3

2:46pm Wed 20 Aug 14

vb4612 says...

diesel 1 wrote:
helston john spouting off again about somrthing he knows nothing about. He should be in a museum, preferably stuffed.
XD
[quote][p][bold]diesel 1[/bold] wrote: helston john spouting off again about somrthing he knows nothing about. He should be in a museum, preferably stuffed.[/p][/quote]XD vb4612
  • Score: 5

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