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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.
time immemorial a fair was held at Poundstock on
Rogation Monday, and the revel or Dedication Festival is
still observed on that day, the Monday before Ascension
parish has had a colourful history: the Archbishop of
Canterbury came to the parish in 1282, after the Rector
of Morwenstow had seized the church and installed his
own man as incumbent. No sooner had the Archbishop
departed than his candidate was evicted.
1357, at a time of bitter rivalry amongst robbers and
pirates in the area, the assistant curate, William
Penfound, was hacked to death before the altar, and it
is said that his ghost may still be seen.
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