A map of the area for the year 1888 shows the lake before it was expanded. It seems that originally it was in two parts with the boathouse being located at the end of the larger area rather than in its present position. The expansion was carried out in the time of William Bickford Smith who purchased the estate in 1874. It is believed that he brought his gardener, Charles Francis Clark, with him from Illogan, and in 1881 Clark has two sons working with him on the estate gardens.
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