Friday, 13 February 2015

Flight From Ladye Park

Inspired by the stories of Ladye Park, just outside the town of Liskeard in Cornwall, where pilgrims once gathered in a wooded valley and here is believed to have been a chapel or shrine. I have drawn the water as a stream flowing through the centre of the picture. Many pilgrims were drawn to this particular wooded valley in the early catholic christian faith. The drawing has a man on horseback who represents the changes afoot, as the reformation brought about the destruction of many such chapels. Ladye Park itself is said to have become one of the King's hunting grounds as well as cattle pasture. The falcon in the picture is driving out the old spirits and the chapel slowly becomes entwined in the forest.

The pool at Ladye Park as it is today.

You can just see the house near the base of the large tree trunk set in the valley.

 Shrine Background

With the exception of the Jews, ancient man did not have full knowledge of the one true God or the blessed Trinity but had an innate insight and awareness of a “creator”. His limited knowledge caused him to believe that there were many gods with many facets both good and bad but he was still able to make the choice between good and evil. When he followed his conscience ‘the god within him’ he followed God not yet revealed to him by means of Christianity.
In Cornwall the goddess ‘Kerrid’ was believed to be a spirit who, though powerful, relied on a ‘cauldron of knowledge and inspiration’ for her powers. Her creative thought was understood to come from a higher spirit than herself though the cauldron was her well. She was therefore not regarded as all powerful of herself but one who was in direct communication with a higher being. She was known as the goddess of love and eternal youth. It was not the eternal youth of hedonistic people today but the eternal youth of immortal life to be gained by all. Her symbol was the lily. She was also linked to the mythical Cretan god Kerr who was said to appear in the form of a bee which bears the sting of death and the honey of love leading to a new life.

Further information about Ladye Park can be found at

Jagos Corner

An amusing story is told about Trehawke House in Liskeard, East Cornwall (rebuilt by J.Allen; first built by T. Johnson in 1703, repaired in 1811 by J. Borrow and taken down in 1910). General Johnson built the house with the adjoining Congregational Chapel connected with a bridge which had a turret chamber on top and a courtyard in front paved with granite. John Trehawke, known to many as 'The Miser' lived in this house. According to18th century stories, he was actively associated with smuggling and when he was running a cargo he sent his domestic staff to bed early and when the cargo was being delivered in the cellars he played a violin under the bedroom floor of his domestic staff. This strange nocturnal behaviour kept them confined to their room in great terror, and they knew nothing of the activities in the cellars and tunnels underneath Trehawke House. The Nat West Bank now stands on the spot where Trehawke House once stood and the Spar shop is where the Congregational Chapel once stood. Between the two original buildings is now a narrow road where the bridge was built.

I feel much happier with this drawing now that figures are defined. I quite like the light coming up through the opened hatch in the basement floor. The maid is half awake in a state of confusion and fear as she is unsure as to what is happening in the downstairs rooms. I feel seagulls add to the mayhem and hint at something sinister. 

Here is the old chapel that was next to Trehawke House.