A happy family home
After the devastation of the 1881 fire, Lanhydrock became a happy family home, lived in by Thomas Charles and Mary Agar-Robartes and their children, until, like so many others, their lives were shattered by the First World War.
A very British gentleman
Lanhydrock's charismatic heir, Tommy Agar-Robartes, seemed destined for greatness. He was a high-flyer, magazine cover-star and leader of men. So what went wrong?
Five fire facts
- The fire started in the kitchen chimney
- High winds caused the fire to spread rapidly
- All but one of the servants lost all their property in the blaze
- One female servant had to jump from a window to flee the flames
- The Gallery escaped the flames & its Jacobean ceiling survived
Lanhydrock House is a paragon of Victorian style and design. However, it only appears as it does because it was completely refurbished in the 1880s following a fire which destroyed parts of the building and ended the lives of its current occupants.
Launching the Lion
This newly restored film from August 1910 is the only live footage that exists of the Agar-Robartes family from this period.
The short film shows the Viscountess Clifden launching the warship HMS Lion on her maiden voyage.
HMS Lion was the flagship of the Grand Fleet's battlecruisers and served throughout the First World War, taking part in many battles including that of Dogger Bank.