north coast near Poundstock
The name is of English origin,
'settlement with an animal pound'. It is recorded as Pondestock in Domesday
Book, 1086. It is a rural parish on the north coast between Bude and Boscastle.
Penfound Manor to the east, was given to Robert, Count de Mortain, by
William the Conqueror. The last of the Penfounds died in the poorhouse
in 1847. There is a tale of one Kate Penfound who attempted to elope with
John Trebarfoot of Trebarfoot Manor. As she was leaving her father intervened
with his sword, and in the ensuing fight all three were killed.
And the Pirates......
In the tiny hamlet of Poundstock, lying in a secluded dell just a mile
from the rocky Atlantic shore stands the ancient church of St. Winwaloe.
A church has stood upon this spot for 14 centuries, and the mediaeval
Guildhouse which stands nearby is the only surviving one of its kind in
Cornwall, but despite it's charm and peaceful air, Poundstock Church harbours
dark secrets and, it's said, an unquiet ghost.
In the 14th century nearby Widemouth Bay was the realm of pirates who
attacked trading vessels and committed vile deeds of plunder and abduction.Ill
befitting the role of church curate, gang member William Penfound
apparently fell out with his unsavoury colleagues and as he assisted at
Mass in the Church on December 27th 1357 a band of armed men burst
into the Church. Penfound was brutally murdered and his blood splashed
upon vestments and altar furnishings.Since then, it's claimed, his restless
ghost has walked abroad. Later another vicar of the church was condemned
to life imprisonment for complicity in murder, another hanged in Tudor
times for leading a revolt against The Book of Common Prayer, and yet
a third gained a reputation as a local lothario. In 1535 William Woodwarde,
Parson of Poundstock was seen assisting the escape of one of his many
mistresses across a wall, holding up his breeches with one hand whilst
her irate husband banged at the front door!
Population in 1841
4798 acres of land, 2 acres
of tidal water and 214 acres of foreshore.
Poundstock is south of
Bude1. The whole of Cornwall
2. Here is a map
to get you to Poundstock
Thomas and Elizabeth Bligh
Thomas 1685 was the son of
Jasper 1638 and Priscilla Phillips
and grandson of Thomas 1599 and Athalia
Bond, born in Marhamchurch. He leaves the village for Poundstock where
he marries Elizabeth Bligh in September 1704. All the children are born
- daughter Grace 1704
- son Richard 1706 -
probably marries either Grace Spry at Whitstone (Family 1 - Whitstone) in 1729; alternatively marries
Mary Richards at Bideford in 1730 (Family 1
- Bideford) but there is a Richard 1707 born at Alwington, only 4 miles
- son John 1709 - too many
relevant Johns to speculate on possible marriages
- daughter Mary 1712
- daughter Charitie 1715 -
there is a record of a Charity dying in 1733 in Marhamchurch
- daughter Elizabeth 1719
Thomas and Mary Worden
Thomas? marries Mary Worden
in 1734 and they live in the village. Mary is probably Mary 1704 born
I suspect that Thomas
1685 and Elizabeth Bligh might well have had a son named Thomas but
that's a guess...
- son William 1735
- daughter Elyzabeth 1737
- daughter Jane 1739 - possibly
marries Robert or Roger Dodge or Doidge in Launceston in 1779
- daughter Anne 1744 - possibly
marries John Cloke in 1782 in the village - parents of Nancy Cloke in
Poundstock in 1789?
John and Grace Wells
John and Grace Wells
are married in Jacobstow in 1752. They moved around and one of their children
is born in Poundstock but see Jacobstow Family
2 for details
John and Frances Rundle
John marries Frances Rundle
in 1778 in the village. Possibilities are John
1756 Stratton or John 1756 Marhamchurch.
If this is John, son of Simon
and Mary Dayman, he is dead by the time of his sister, Elizabeth's,
will in 1798. Frances dies in Poundstock in 1835.
It is (slightly) possible that
John and Frances spend time in London - the only evidence is 2 IGI records
- Mary Ann Ougler is born
in Holborn, London in 1785 with John and Frances as her parents. She
marries William Humfrey in Walton on Thames in 1817
- John Acret Ougler is born
in Marylebone, London 1787, again with John and Frances as parents.
John and Margaret Cory
John and Margaret Cory were
married in Week St Mary. Prudence and George are born in Poundstock
but go to Week St Mary Family 3 for details
- daughter Prudence 1782
- son George 1788
Susanna and Thomas Stacey
Susannah 1774 is the daughter
of John and Grace Wells, from Jacobstow.
- daughter Fanny 1796 born
in Poundstock. She may well have married William Hacker in 1818 at St
Davids in Exeter
It seems probable that Fanny
is illegitimate but that Susanna marries the father, Thomas Stacey, in
Poundstock in 1797. They have son Thomas born in 1799 and then another
Thomas in 1801. A further son, James 1802 is unmarried and a farm labourer
in Launcells in 1871.
- Anonymous daughter born
to Digory in 1615
- Abigail 1634, the daughter
of Thomas and Katherine Furze from Marhamchurch,marries
William Galsery in the village in 1663
- 1784 - Thomas, the son of
John and Grace Wells and brother of Susannah
above and Sarah below, marries Mary Guy in Poundstock - an anonymous
daughter is born to them in Launcells in 1784 but see Family
1 in Lewannick
- 1791 - Sarah, the daughter
of John and Grace Wells and sister of
Thomas above and Susannah above, marries
Andrew Horrill in Poundstock - they probably stayed in the village where
Edmund is born in 1798
- 1794 - Nicholas
from Warbstow marries Catherine Medland in the village.