Sir Thomas Dyke Acland
Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, 10th Baronet, was born in London to a family who owned extensive properties on Exmoor as well as here in Bude. He was educated at Oxford where he gained a Doctorate in Civil Law and later sat as a Conservative MP for Devon.
His philanthropic outlook funded many projects in Bude, including the building of the Parish Church of St. Michaels in 1835′ the ‘Pepper Pot‘ storm tower on Efford Down and the ‘new’ Breakwater.
He was also a shareholder in the Bude Harbour & Canal Company. He gave one for a lifeboat and lifeboat house and built Bude’s first bathing pool at the end of the Breakwater, known affectionately as ‘Tommy’s pit’ it was until the 1920’s, strictly for gentlemen only. He also donated land for Bude’s Central Methodist Church.