St Tudy

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For the saint, see Tudy of Landevennec
St Tudy
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St Tudy
St Tudy is located in Cornwall
St Tudy
St Tudy
Location within Cornwall
Population604 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSX06557641
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBODMIN
Postcode districtPL30
Dialling code01208
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°33′18″N 4°43′52″W / 50.555°N 4.731°W / 50.555; -4.731Coordinates: 50°33′18″N 4°43′52″W / 50.555°N 4.731°W / 50.555; -4.731

St Tudy (Cornish: Eglostudi) is a civil parish and village in north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is situated in the River Camel valley approximately five miles northeast of Wadebridge.[2]

The village is mentioned as having a cattle fair in Owen's book of fairs 1788.[3]

Notable houses[edit]

There was formerly a manor house at Tinten and the chapel may still be recognized. It has been reused as a barn and has a 15th-century window.[4] Other small former manor houses in the parish are Hengar, which was destroyed by a fire in 1904 (in 1906 it was rebuilt in Elizabethan style); Lamellen, Tremeer and Wetherham[5] Lamellen has a garden with some very large rhododendrons and cryptomerias. Between 1941 and 1962 the garden became very overgrown but after 1962 a programme of reclamation began. The garden is full of interesting plants such as Stewartia pseudocamellia, Magnolia campbellii and Rhododendron malayanum.[6]

Another notable garden is the garden of Tremeer which is full of rhododendrons and camellias. There are fifty Kurumes[clarification needed] sent to Cornwall from Yokohama and planted in the lawn by Major General Harrison. Behind the house is a plantation of camellia varieties. Harrison has produced several varieties of rhododendron from Rhododendron impeditum and R. augustinii; these were given local names 'St Tudy', 'St Breward', 'St Merryn' and 'St Minver'. The paths through the rhododendrons lead to a pond at the far end of the garden. Other notable plants in the garden are a Camellia 'Donation' and a Magnolia x veitchii.[7]

One of the most well-known of Thomas Rowlandson's paintings is "Hengar House the seat of Matthw Mitchell [sic] Esqr., Cornwall" (1812) which was sold at the Sir Richard Onslow sale, Sotheby's, 15 July 1959. Hengar was a country seat of the Onslows.[8]

Edward Byllynge was a colonial administrator and governor of West New Jersey from 1680 to 1687, until his death in England. Byllynge owned a large section of land in New Jersey with the Quakers. He was born at Hengar.

Parish church[edit]

St Tudy Church and War Memorial

The parish church is dedicated to St Tudius and was restored in 1873. There was a Norman church here but the present structure is of the Perpendicular period. There are two aisles, the arcades of which are identical.[9] The tower has three stages, is 64 feet high, and is topped with battlements and pinnacles; there are six bells.<A sixth bell was added in 1923 see church guide book> [10] It is Grade I listed.[11] Anthony Nicholl (died 1658) is commemorated by a sumptuous memorial erected by his wife.[12] In the churchyard is a pre-Norman coped stone with carving, possibly a rare hogback tomb.[13][14]

Trevenning Cross (fig. 70) illustrated in The Victoria History of the County of Cornwall (1906)
Trevenning Cross

Trevenning Cross is at a road junction about one and a half miles northeast of the churchtown. It was found in the hedge[when?] close to its present position by J. R. Collins of Bodmin.[15]

The bell-ringers of the village are celebrated in the song The Ringers of Egloshayle (Roud 1163).[16][17]

Notable people[edit]

Notable people from St Tudy include: William Bligh, naval officer; Eddie George, former governor of the Bank of England; Oscar Kempthorne, statistician and geneticist at Iowa State University; Richard Lower, early experimenter in blood transfusion; Humphrey Nicholls, MP for Bodmin; and Vice Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly who led a campaign for the local pub to be renamed after William Bligh.[18] Major-General Eric Harrison served in both world wars; he was a rugby player, Olympic athlete, and later a painter; in retirement he lived at Tremeer.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
  3. ^ "Owen's New Book of Fairs: Published by the King's Authority. Being a ... : William Owen : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  4. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed., revised by Enid Radcliffe. Harmondsworth: Penguin; p. 221
  5. ^ Beacham, Peter & Pevsner, Nikolaus (2014) Cornwall.(The Buildings of England.) New Haven: Yale University Press; p. 605
  6. ^ Synge, Patrick (1977) The Gardens of Britain; Vol. 1: Devon and Cornwall. London: B. T. Batsford; pp. 105-07
  7. ^ Synge, Patrick (1977). The Gardens of Britain; Vol. 1: Devon and Cornwall. London: B. T. Batsford. pp. 120–23.
  8. ^ "Sir William and Lady Onslow". The Cornishman (66). 16 October 1879. p. 6.
  9. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed. Penguin Books; p. 203
  10. ^ "St Tudy". 25 March 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  11. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1162144)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
  12. ^ [1] Archived September 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "myADS" (PDF). Archaeology Data Service. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  14. ^ Pevsner (1970)
  15. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard; p. 184 [2]
  16. ^ "An Old Cornish Song, The Egloshayle Ringers".
  17. ^ "The Egloshayle Ringers - Changeringing Wiki". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Vice-Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly - Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London: TMG. ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 4 December 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • Maclean, John (1872–79) The Parochial and Family History of the Deanery of Trigg Minor. 3 vols. London: Nichols & Son

External links[edit]

Media related to St Tudy at Wikimedia Commons