Until recently when the National Trust acquired Godolphin House near Penzance from the Schofield family, Mary, her son and daughter-in-law worked without respite on the renovation and maintenance of the fabric of the house, and by opening this historic Cornish estate to the public and holding fundraising events, art and craft exhibitions and gala days/fairs, have 'saved' it for the nation. Mary was unremitting in her efforts to save the house which she and her late husband purchased in a deteriorated state in 1937. Sidney died in 1983, and Mary took up the work with a fervour that was much admired and supported by others to whom the Godolphin estate is an heritage icon.
Mary died at Treliske Hospital, Truro in 2008.
A Lanyon, family information
Whybrow St Ives (1921-1939 list pp 219-21)