Few churches in Cornwall can rival St. Gennys for its setting. Tucked under the lee of the cliff, and thus protected from the Atlantic gales, the church and its sloping graveyard command one of the finest views in North Cornwall, over Bude Bay and up the Bristol Channel to where Lundy Island can be seen on a clear day - remembering the adage 'Lundy high sign of dry, Lundy plain sign of rain!'
The Church is dedicated to St Werburgha, the daughter of the Anglo-Saxon King of Mercia who became a nun and set up several religious houses in the North of England in the seventh century. Exactly why she should be patron saint of this parish is unclear but when the Saxons held the hill fort it may have been that the chief set up a shrine to his favoured saint and which later reverted to that of the Norman church.
The parish church is dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin. It comprises a chancel, nave, and north and south aisles. The north arcade has five four-centred arches, with monolith granite pillars; the south arcade also has five arches, three of which are obtuse pointed, and two obtuse four-centred. The pillars are of Polyphant stone and granite.
St Anne’s Church, is located on one of the smaller lanes leading off the Bude - Launceston road, a little way out of the village past the school. It lies against the hillside, sheltered by trees in an outstandingly pretty location.
It is an idyllic settying for the parish church, a wooded hollow formed by two streams; the sycamore, copper beech and willow that enclose the churchyard on three sides form a magnificent backdrop to the 15th century church with its impressive tower.
The parish church is beautifully situated in a secluded dell by a stream only a mile from the busy A39, six miles south of Bude. The name Poundstock is Saxon and means 'cattle enclosure' and the cattle pound was a feature of the village for centuries.
St Andrew’s is a Grade 1 Listed Building, with 13th century Norman stonework and a 13th century stone effigy. The 14th century saw the addition of a north aisle. Further alterations and additions followed in the 15th century (when the tower was added), and also in the 16th century.
As the name of the village suggests the Grade 1 listed church occupies a prominent hilltop position in the very centre, surrounded by pretty houses and cottages. The present local stone and granite building dates from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries but there has been a succession of Christian places of worship near this spot since the fifth century. Marwenne, daughter of the Christian king Brychan, came from Wales to “West Wales” as Cornwall was then called, and brought Christianity to the Celtic people at least a century before St Augustine brought it from Rome to Canterbury.
The little Church of Our Lady and St Anne is a satellite of the Parish Church of St Winwaloe’s at Poundstock. It stands in Leverlake Road about 300 yards from the beach and almost opposite the turning into shady Coombe Lane. It is surrounded on two sides by peaceful, sheep-filled, rolling pastures and by a small community of seaside bungalows on the other. In the old days such a building would have been described as a ‘chapel of ease’ which was erected within the bounds of a parish for the attendance of those who could not easily reach the parish church because of a long or difficult route.
The parish church of Poughill can be found at the heart of the village; it is dedicated to St Olaf, King and Martyr, who is reputed to be the Norwegian King and so-called Martyr, St Olaf (Olaf II of Norway). Much of the church building dates from the 14th century, but at the restoration in 1928 the foundations of the original Norman church were uncovered; however nothing of this remains above ground. It was probably originally cruciform, but in the 14th century a narrow north aisle with an arcade of Caen stone was added. A south aisle seems to have been intended, but only the eastern bay was built. This was completed in the 15th century in granite and the chancel of the north aisle was widened. The piscina and aumbry in the south chancel are 13th century.