The award-winning Castle

I was reading the Town Council newsletter and it finally registered how well things are going on the heritage side and for the cafe, too.

As I’m not an engineer, I have never really been into the Gurney Stove, but a relative who is one advised me how important Gurney’s invention was. The stove was patented in 1856 and installed in 22 cathedrals including St Paul’s and many other buildings across the country. Then there’s his Bude Light which has illuminated Trafalgar Square, Pall Mall, and the Houses of Parliament. Oh, and not forgetting the Castle. I’ve always been more interested in the social side, such as why Gurney’s wife hated living in the Castle. Answers welcome.

Heritage…image from Ray Boyd

Anyway, Cornwall’s forgotten genius has done Bude proud:

  • The Gurney Stove, an early kind of radiator won Cornish Object of the Year in the Cornwall Heritage Awards.
  • The Castle also won the prestigious “Judge’s Special Award” and was praised in two other categories in the Cornwall Museums Partnership award scheme, so it is well done indeed to Manager, Mark Berridge, the Heritage Development Officer, Janine King, and the wonderful volunteers.
  • Cafe Limelight as “Highly Commended’ in the ‘Environmentally Responsible Award’ category for initiatives in supporting a greener Bude by stamping out single-use plastics, increasing recycling and focus on food sourced from local suppliers.

We did mention the awards at the time but now it has sunk in, a hearty congrats to all involved – here’s to an even better future for the Castle. Go visit, it’s free to the public.


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