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Welcome to the website of the Poundstock Gildhouse, near Bude in North Cornwall, where you will find news and pictures relating to the restoration of and events at our Tudor church house. If you are interested in hiring this beautiful building please check the diary page for availability.
St. Winwaloe is the parish church of Poundstock, situated in a secluded dell by a small stream. Alongside stands its ancient Gildhouse, now a Grade 1 listed building, the best preserved example in Cornwall of a late medieval church house which has been in continuous use since it was built. Church houses were built with the aim of using them as extensions of the church and the one in Poundstock is contemporary with the late phases of the medieval church building.

Saturday 18th May
10am - 12:30pm
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Plant Sale
Wednesday 12th June
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Lundy Island
A talk by Simon Dell



Wedding Reception

If you are interested in either an educational visit or a Tudor Day or are thinking of Poundstock Gildhouse as the perfect venue for your wedding reception, please follow the above links


For details of our monthly talks in the Gildhouse view
the News and Events
The unique structure was built between the 15th and 16th centuries by skilled craftsmen using traditional techniques and materials such as cob, local stone and slate. In the beginning the ground floor probably comprised a kitchen, bakehouse and brewhouse, a meeting place and a store room, while the first floor was an open feasting hall where the 'Church ales' would have been held. Church ales were celebrations held within the church calendar, particularly at Whitsuntide and May Day when ales were brewed and sold in order to raise funds for the Church or for good causes in the parish. With the growth of Puritanism in the late 17th century drinking was seen as sinful, church ales were considered to be nothing but drunken disorders and were suppressed. Church houses were gradually abandoned, demolished or put to other uses. Poundstock Gildhouse, by the late 18th century had been divided up to become a poorhouse and schoolroom and in 1907 there was a large scale refurbishment and it was turned into Parish meeting rooms as a place for year round activities, exhibitions and celebrations. Until last year the building was showing its age, both structurally and in terms of its facilities and work was urgently needed to preserve it. A considerable amount of restoration work has been done with the aid of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Awards for all as well as a large amount of local fundraising, to make the building sound and update the access and facilities  to the required standard. We now have a magnificent Feasting Hall with a well equipped kitchen upstairs while downstairs there is a smaller meeting room and kitchen. Both floors have disabled facilities and in one corner of the ground floor there is even a completely preserved little stable where the Schoolmistress used to keep her pony.
Bookings and Charges
Now the restoration is finished, this irreplaceable part of Poundstock's heritage has the potential to become the venue for a diverse and inclusive range of activities such as weddings and meetings.   The Gildhouse will be open to the public as a heritage centre and may be booked for a variety of functions throughout the year. Visit the Gildhouse Diary to check for availability and to see what's on.

If you would like to know more about the restoration project, or join the friends of Poundstock Gildhouse, please do not hesitate to contact us. We hope you enjoy browsing the website!
Europa Nostra state that "Each year, we reward the best of cultural heritage achievements. Through our EU Prize for Cultural Heritage awards we celebrate excellence and dedication by architects, craftsmen, volunteers, schools, local committees, heritage owners and media."

To see the full details of Europa Nostra and the award that the Gildhouse has won, visit: www.europanostra.org/awards

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  Of the 28 overall laureates, six were chosen as Grand Prix winning projects and we are delighted to reveal that Poundstock Gildhouse was selected as one of the six to be given an award of 10.000 euros. This is wonderful news as not only does it recognise the work that has gone into restoring this beautiful building but also gives us the opportunity to continue this work.
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  Poundstock Gildhouse 2007 - 2014