Author Archives: paul holden

About paul holden

Architectural historian working as a House and Collections Manager for the National Trust at Lanhydrock House in Cornwall. Author of 'The Lanhydrock Atlas' (Cornwall Editions,2010) and 'The London Letters of Samuel Molyneux, 1712-13' (London Topographical Society, 2011). Contributor to many scholarly journals and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Antony: the first Georgian house in Cornwall


  For the 2016 annual conference the SAHGB is visiting Devon and Cornwall. One of the planned visits is to Antony House, near Torpoint, home of the Carew-Pole family since the early 15th-century. In this article Paul Holden traces the … Continue reading

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War and the Cornish House


When I was asked to do this talk I was conscious that it wouldn’t be an easy subject to talk about. My reservations were based on a single conceit – namely that in my research I hadn’t encountered much primary … Continue reading

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The London Letters of Samuel Molyneux F.R.S. (1689−1728) Lecture given to the Society of Antiquaries of London, 22 May 2014.


Samuel Molyneux was born in Chester on 18 July 1689. He was the third and only surviving child of the celebrated astronomer, antiquarian, philosopher and constitutional writer William Molyneux (1656-98) and his wife, Lucy who died when Samuel was only … Continue reading

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‘Loving the Alien’: David Bowie and Me


I never met David Bowie. But I knew him. Growing up I digested every word and image I could. I bought illicit bootlegs, Wembley Wizard, Live in Stockholm, Soft in the Middle, and treasured my 7” copies of Prettiest Star … Continue reading

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How the ‘King of Cornwall’ Brought History to Life


In 1953 George Edward Michael Trinick (1924-94) joined the National Trust in Cornwall as an Assistant Agent. He rose steadily through the ranks becoming Area Agent in 1956, Regional Secretary of Devon and Cornwall in 1965 and Cornwall’s Regional Director … Continue reading

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No.6 Dear Bloody England. ‘Aesthetic Snobs, Wayward Theories and Bonkers Banks’


As an aesthetic snob and wayward theorist himself John Betjeman claimed that he hated aesthetic snobs and their wayward theories. In 1937 a young Betjeman hoped for ‘friendly bombs [to] fall on Slough!’ adding ‘It isn’t fit for humans now’. … Continue reading

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Eulogy to Captain, the Honourable Thomas Agar-Robartes M.P. (1880-1915)


Lanhydrock Church, 27 September 2015  A sequence of events, one century ago, changed the future of this parish forever. On 13 September 1915 the Honourable Thomas Charles Reginald Agar-Robartes, Captain in the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was recalled from the … Continue reading

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