Sir William Herbert owned Troy House during the reigns of Henry the seventh and Henry the eighth, and medieval buildings were used during the creation of a massive Tudor manor house. Dr Benson illustrated her talk with a series of photographs showing how the original building and parkland grounds had changed.
Troy House and its walled garden were sold to Edward Arnott in 1902 by the ninth Duke of Beaufort. Arnott leased this property to an order of French nuns from 1903. The nuns then purchased Troy instead of continuing to lease it in 1906. The nuns sold the house to Peter Carroll in 1977 and it was unoccupied until 1984 when Carroll leased it for use as a special school for boys. This school closed in 1991 and it is from this point that other than a caretaker, Troy has been unoccupied. It’s planning application for conversion to flats submitted in 2008 is still not resolved and the house is now ‘at risk’.
I think everybody enjoyed seeing local history brought alive by Dr Benson who had unearthed some wonderful old maps and photographs.
The next speaker is Alan Clarke speaking about the Isles of Scilly on November 15th,