Why not visit this ancient, beautiful, hidden church, in its fantastic rustic woodland setting, by a stream. Dating back over 1,000 years, this Grade 1 listed Church is logged as one of the 1,000 best churches in England.
‘the least spoiled church interior in Cornwall’
Sir John Betjemen
Dedicated to St Swithin, the church stands in a wooded hollow just a few minutes from Bude.
The church has a grace and simplicity which many of Cornwall’s churches lost during Victorian restorations. Features of special interest include a collection of ancient bench ends depicting unusual symbolic themes, a mural painting portraying the sacrifice of Isaac on the West wall, the chancel paved with Barnstaple encaustic tiles which date from the 1400s and the clear glass windows which survived the Victorian fashion of stained-glass replacement.
The tomb of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, inventor of ’Limelight’, the steam jet and builder of Bude Castle can be found in the churchyard.
A short distance from the church stands the Holy Well of St Swithin which feeds the River Neet and flows through Stratton into the sea.
2019 events include…
12th – 15th July: Flower Festival
29th August – 4th September: Craft Fayre
Check the porch noticeboard for details of the choir, concerts and other art fayre events.
Refreshments are served all day during these events.
Launcells | Bude | Cornwall | EX23 9NQ
Turn off by Bude Holmleigh Garden Centre on the A3072 Bude to Holsworthy Road.
Open Daily: 1000 to 1700.
During May to September, you can enjoy a guided tour and complimentary refreshments every Wednesday afternoon.
Evensong: 1st Sunday, 1800
Holy Communion: 2nd, 3rd, 4th Sunday, 11.15
Joint Benefice Services: 5th Sunday (please check the list in the porch)