The ‘Historic Survey of the
County of Cornwall’ in 1838 states that the house was demolished at some
stage but picture records indicate that the original structure remained.
This photo shows the second phase of the later house, started by Charles
Grylls. You can see the conservatory which was latterly built.
C S Gilbert in his
‘Historical Survey of the County of Cornwall’ of 1838 said “Colonel Rodd
erected a large tasteless building which appears to be deplorably destitute
of architectural ornament. The front opens into a large paddock, the soil
of which is rather swampy and the dampness prevails even in the dry
seasons. Near the house are good gardens and a shrubbery and hothouses and
several neat gravel walks. The whole area is surrounded by extensive
plantations, the extremities of which are sheltered by an amphitheatre of
bald hills which bear on their brows tors of the most sublime and frowning
Trebartha passed from the
Spoure family to the Rodds in 1729. The last Spoure was Mary who can be
seen as a small child kneeling in the Spoure monument in the Spoure chapel
in North Hill church. Mary first married Renatus Bellott of Bochym (near
Mullion), whose son Renatus died in 1712 aged 8, her husband following
shortly thereafter [sic – Renatus
Bellott Esquire was buried at Cury on 22 May 1710]. Mary then married
Charles Grylls of Lanreath and it was about this time that the 1500 house
was destroyed in a fire. Charles Grylls built a replacement in 1720. His
son George died in the same year to be followed by Charles in 1727.
Mary then became betrothed to
her cousin, Captain Francis Rodd of Oakhay in Devon, only to die of
smallpox in 1729 before the marriage could be arranged, but she bequeathed
her estate to her fiancé. The Spoure inheritance at that time included
Trekernel, Tolcarne, Trevenial, Stonaford, Bowda going towards the
waterworks and Lemarne.
Colonel Francis Rodd
inherited Trebartha in 1736 when aged 4. He was to be squire until 1812. In
that period the estate expanded to include Trevague, Lamalla and Battens.
Trebartha Hall doubled in size and new attic floors were added. It is said
that a slate fell killing the squire’s young bride for whose children the
extension was intended and the ornamentation was never completed. This may
be a legend as the alterations would appear to be dated around 1750.
Colonel Francis Rodd also extended
the estate to Bolventor where he built a church in 1847 and a also rectory
to encourage a new community that would grow corn. The nearby Jamaica Inn
was named after a Governor of Jamaica, Sir William Trelawney, who was
governor from 1767-1772. The inn was built around 1750 and may have been
originally known as The New Inn, Bolventor.