The Castle wins more awards for Bude!

The Castle wins more awards for Bude!


You might have seen across local publications and social media that The Castle was recently in the running for ‘Cornish Object of the Year’ in the Cornwall Heritage Awards with its Gurney Stove.


The Gurney Stove – which was an early type of radiator – was invented in the 1800s by Victorian inventor and engineer Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, the same man who built The Castle just to prove to his peers that it was possible to build on sand.



The Grade II Listed building, nestled into the sand dunes of Summerleaze beach, proudly displays the Gurney Stove right at its entrance – if you have ever visited The Castle you are sure to have seen it.


The stove was patented in 1856, and was hugely successful; installed in 22 cathedrals including world-famous St Paul’s, and also over 10,000 churches, schools and government buildings across the country. Some are still working to this very day.


Often described as Cornwall’s ‘forgotten genius’, Gurney was responsible for many other inventions that changed life in this country and across the world. One of them came to be known as the Bude Light, a completely new system of lighting, which was used to illuminate Trafalgar Square, Pall Mall and the Houses of Parliament, as well as The Castle.



We are delighted to say that the Gurney Stove was announced as winner in the competition, gaining the most votes from an online poll determined by the public. We would like to thank everyone who voted and shared – you helped us win this award, not only for Bude but for our now not-so-forgotten genius Sir Goldsworthy Gurney.


In addition to this fantastic win, The Castle also won the prestigious ‘Judge’s Special Award’, and was praised in two other categories at The Cornwall Heritage Awards.



The ‘Judge’s Special Award’ is given to the project or organisation that merits additional commendation. The judges praised The Castle on a number of elements including: the creative use of space, excellent initiative, great environmental policy, staff commitment and ambition, quality of displays, and everything that has been achieved.


Café Limelight was ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Environmentally Responsible Award’ category for its initiatives in supporting a greener Bude by stamping out single use plastics, increasing recycling, and also focusing on sourcing from local food suppliers. The Castle was also ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Innovation Award’ category for creating a new temporary exhibition area, which boasts improved security and temperature and humidity monitoring, currently being used for a railway exhibition.


Castle and Communities Manager Mark Berridge said, “I am absolutely thrilled that the Heritage Centre volunteers and team working at the Castle have been recognised for all their hard work and I am proud that Goldsworthy Gurney’s stove has received national recognition for its impact. It has put Bude on the map”.