Place:Bude, Cornwall, England

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NameBude
Alt namesBudsource: Wikipedia
Budehavensource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeTown
Coordinates50.833°N 4.55°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoEast Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred in which it was located
Stratton, Cornwall, Englandparish in which it was located until 1900
Bude-Stratton, Cornwall, Englandurban district of which Bude was a part 1900-1974
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source: Family History Library Catalog
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Bude (Cornish: Porthbud) is a small seaside resort town in north Cornwall, England, in the civil parish and former urban district of Bude-Stratton and at the mouth of the River Neet (also known locally as the River Strat). It was formerly sometimes known as Bude Haven. It lies southwest of Stratton, south of Flexbury and Poughill, and north of Widemouth Bay and is located along the A3073 roadoff the A39. Bude's coast faces Bude Bay in the Celtic Sea, part of the Atlantic Ocean.

Its earlier importance was as a harbour, and then a source of sea sand useful for improving the moorland soil. The Victorians favoured it as a watering place, and it was a popular seaside destination in the 20th century.

Until 1900 it was a chapelry in the civil and ecclesiastical parish of Stratton. In 1900 the towns of Stratton and Bude became the urban district of Bude-Stratton.

History

In the Middle Ages the only dwelling here was Efford Manor, the seat of the Arundells of Trerice, which had a chapel of St Leonard. Another chapel existed at Chapel Rock which was dedicated to Holy Trinity and St Michael.

Bude Canal, which once ran to Launceston, now runs only a few miles inland. Several historic wharf buildings were demolished in the 1980s, but since then the canal has undergone restoration.

Until the start of the 20th century, the neighbouring town of Stratton was dominant, and a local saying is "Stratton was a market town when Bude was just a furzy down", meaning Stratton was long established when Bude was just gorse-covered downland.

Research Tips

One of the many maps available on A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Cornwall at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets.

The following websites have pages in WeRelate's Repository Section. Some provide free online databases.

  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Cornwall as well as providing 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes.
  • FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century plus excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes and reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960.
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