Carole Vincent, co-creator of Bude Light has passed away

Carole Vincent, artist and sculptor, co-creator of Bude’s iconic Light statue, passed away on 15th May. Living from 1938 – 2019, the renowned sculptor lived in Boscastle. The Bude Light was created in 2000 and was commissioned by Bude-Stratton Town Council to honour the achievements of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney and to mark the millennium in Bude.

The Mayor of Bude announced on his Facebook page:

We are sad to announce the passing of Carole Vincent on 15th May 2019. Carole was the Co-creator of our Bude Light positioned in front of the Castle. The Bude Light was the first large-scale public sculpture in coloured concrete to be created by Carol Vincent. Also, it is the first to incorporate fibre-optic lighting in concrete using a technique developed by Anthony Fanshawe. The concept of a tall slender cone and its immediate surroundings in the colours of sand and sea and sky was created by these two artists, who worked together to realise an exciting and impressive statement in concrete in 2000.


Bude light was part of the millennium scheme to enhance the large open space in Bude between the canal, the castle grounds and the town. It is a tribute to the 19th-century scientific inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, who lived much of his life in and around the town. His Bude light lit the House of Commons for 60 years, he invented the flashing light signalling for lighthouses and he built his house, now the Castle, on a concrete raft on the sand.

There are direct parallels in the new Bude light designed by Carol Vincent and Anthony Fanshawe as the 10-metre high slender cone cast in concrete in the colours of sand sea and sky is also built on a raft of concrete.

Carole’s funeral is on Monday, June 10th at 3 pm at Forrabury Church.

Photo from the Mayor’s Facebook page: Photo L-R: Martin Clarke, Former Chief Executive of British Precast, Jonathan Ball MBE, Carole Vincent, Martyn Fear past president of the Concrete Society and Bob Willingham Mayor BSTC

1 Comment

  • Trevor Macey says:

    The light turned out to be a great place for holding open air meetings by the Bude Christian Fellowship before it got its own premises and became Oceans Community Church!

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