Secret garden behind Museum
One of our volunteers, Steve, has been hard at work exploring the large patch of overgrown land attached to the Museum. He writes:
The Museum has a secret garden. Well, I suppose it’s not strictly speaking a ‘secret’ now, but there is still much to explore and find. I have had the privilege of being set free to conduct the initial forays and report back. I am a bit passionate about it.
The garden is a triangular piece of land beside and behind the Museum, extending to approx one third of an acre. It is heavily overgrown, but there is evidence of clearings, stone walls, terracing and a ‘magic cauldron’.
It is believed that Boscastle potatoes grow in an as yet unexplored part of the garden.
This is an opportunity to rediscover and reveal the garden’s magical spaces. I am sharing a few photos of the garden as it is, with its pathways, ‘rooms’ and stunning views.
Thanks for all your hard work Steve. We look forward to seeing what else you find! As a side-note, we know that Cecil Williamson used to display a large white Saltire cross in this area, calling it the ‘Witches Mark’ – a warning to all who persecute witches and women that they will be branded with this mark rendering them outcast and ‘unforgivable’. A fascinating Williamson inversion of the mark that some authorities searched for on women’s bodies during the persecution period. – Peter