Medieval Grandeur in the Heart of Liskeard
Stuart House is a late medieval town house, the architectural and historical significance of which merits the Grade II* status accorded to it. The house was purchased and restored by the Stuart House Trust in 1988, both to conserve the building and to fulfil a community function as an arts and heritage centre. There’s a good cafe here and regular sales of local crafts and antiques.
The House is large and offers a variety of rooms for arts and crafts exhibitions and sales, refreshments, lectures, music recitals and heritage exhibitions. Many of the rooms are available for hire.
Stuart House had been in continuous private occupation until acquired by the Trust. Its most illustrious visitor was King Charles I who stayed here during his Cornish campaign in 1644 and from whom the name of the house derives. This association is celebrated with a permanent Civil War exhibition. The house was once again subject to a royal presence, this time being honoured by a visit from Prince Charles during the Royal Jubilee year of 2002.
In keeping with its heritage outlook, Stuart House hosts the Liskeard Old Cornwall Society with its extensive archive of local history, which is available for consultation by appointment.
The hidden garden to the rear of the House has been laid out as a 17th century Gentleman’s Garden.