3D model of Tehidy's historic Kennels Complex

Take a virtual tour of Tehidy's kennels complex to see why we are aiming to restore and repurpose these unique buildings.

The last Basset's of Tehidy were well known for their love of animal sports and the kennels complex speaks of the prestige they afforded their working dogs, whilst also providing insight into the everyday life of the gentry and their estate workers.

A set of Victorian stone and brick built buildings, the kennels complex includes a rooms for cutting up meat and preparing dog-gruel as well as kennels with groves remaining in the walls where slate shelves would have been with beds for the dogs to reduce paw infections. Located at the top of Kennels Hill, which runs between the otter trap and the kennels, the excellent preservation of the buildings provide a snap-shot of the last-years of the Bassets at Tehidy, in the pre-war years, before the nature of the site was irrevocably changed following the Bassets’ sale of Tehidy in 1916.

The buildings have faired remarkably well over the decades, being of a robust design. Nonetheless, the roof in particular has deteriorated rapidly in recent years. Cornwall Council hopes to soon be in a position to restore the kennels through a heritage conservation project and has commissioned a 3D model as a record of what the kennels look like today, ahead of the intended restoration.

The model, produced by Cornish firm 3Deep, shows the original features that have been well preserved, including a brick-work courtyard surrounded by iron railings and remain of a well and associated ironmongery. The buildings showcase a number of unusual elements for the locality, such as clay pan tiles possibly made in Somerset or elsewhere in England, whilst also containing features Cornish-made features such as a iron cauldron reputed to be manufactured at Harvey's foundry, Hayle.

Whilst it's not possible to visit the kennels, yet, due to their state of repair, the 3D model means you can take a virtual tour now at: Tehidy Kennels 3D Model

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