CLC Trenython Manor was built on the estate of Little Pinnock in 1872 by an Italian architect commissioned by the famous General Garibaldi. It was a way of saying ‘Thank You’ to Colonel Peard for his part in Garibaldi’s Italian campaign. Colonel Peard lived at Penquite before moving to Trenython Manor.
The West Briton of 29th April 1864 reports Garibaldi’s visit to England: “he travelled to Plymouth by train, where he was given a rapturous welcome. Everybody made a great fuss of him. There he stood in his red shirt and grey trousers, with pale face and his dark beard… still protesting against hero-worship.”
Soon after nine o’clock on Tuesday morning, the domain of Penquite became the focus of attraction to persons anxious to see Garibaldi. They came flocking toward it from all directions and in all sorts of vehicles not only the villages immediately contiguous, but some of the adjoining towns contributed larger numbers of their inhabitants.
Colonel Peard (1811 – 1880) and Garibaldi were almost doubles, a fact that the General used to confuse enemies and even friends. They were big, broad shouldered, bearded, cool and courageous. Colonel Peard was “this gigantic man who… was one of the biggest soldiers who ever shouldered a rifle.” He had been at Oxford where he earned a fearful reputation for strength and valour in contests between town and gown.