Listed status for Gotch home


Wheal Betsy in Newlyn has been listed at Grade II by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the advice of Historic England.

The arts and crafts style house was built between 1909 and 1911 for artists Thomas Cooper Gotch and Caroline Burland Yates by prominent architect Arnold Bidlake Mitchell.

Wheal Betsy became the hub of the Gotches’ life in Newlyn’s artistic community, and the inspiration for many of Gotch’s works. It remained in the family for 90 years.

Rebecca Barrett, regional director at Historic England South West, said: “Wheal Betsy is a beautifully crafted home inspired by its surroundings and local building traditions. Its listing celebrates its importance to the story of Cornish art and architecture.”

Owner of Wheal Betsy, Ron Hogg said: “We knew nothing about Thomas Gotch or the Newlyn Colony of artists before we came to live here, but after we purchased the house in 1996 we set about putting Gotch back into art history, and have written three books about the artist.

The Sand Bar, Thomas Cooper Gotch (1854-1931). Private collection. Photo © Bonhams, London, UK / Bridgeman Images

“We were taken by the beauty of the house, with its views over Mount’s Bay and of the northern hills from the back of the house – all painted by Gotch. We’ve made few changes to Wheal Betsy, but we have carried out a lot of work in the large and beautiful garden to the rear, whose southern stone wall was once the border with the property then home to fellow artist Stanhope Forbes.

“Wheal Betsy is an important place for the Newlyn school and we are delighted it has been listed.”

Heritage Minister, Lord Kamall, said: “Wheal Betsy is a beautiful example of Arts and Crafts-inspired design and was at the centre of Newlyn’s artistic community. I’m delighted it has been listed at Grade II and can serve as a permanent reminder of the house’s place in history.”