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Derek Tait

Author, historian and researcher


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Plymouth at War

Plymouth Hoe

St Budeaux

Saltash Passage

Mount Edgcumbe

Memories of St Budeaux


Plymouth : Tales from the Past

Images of Plymouth : Stonehouse

Memories of Singapore and Malaya

More Memories of Singapore and Malaya

Monsoon Memories








St Budeaux

152 photos

The village of St Budeaux is documented in William the Conqueror's Domesday Book of 1086 but its history dates back further. 

In 480 AD, Budoc, the Bishop of Dol, sailed across from Brittany to the South English coast and landed his craft in an inlet off the River Tamar. 

 A crude stone cross was erected by him in Ernesettle Woods and a chapel was built near to Warren Point. 

The original building was just a small wattle church but later, a permanent stone church was built, just before the Norman invasion, and was dedicated to Budoc. 

Over the years, the village has had many names including Bodekishide, Budeokshed and also later, Bottockishide. 

The name St Budeaux is said to be a later more elegant Frenchification. 

The village of St Budeaux has built up around the church at Higher St Budeaux and has seen many changes over the years including the marriage of Sir Francis Drake, skirmishes during the Civil War of the 1600s and bombing during the Second World War. 

Featured in this book are chapters on St Budeaux Church, the Civil War, the people, transport, businesses, the Blue Monkey, schools, the Second World War and St Budeaux as it is today. 

I hope it will be of great interest to anyone who lives in St Budeaux or who has an interest in the diverse history of St Budeaux.


Product Details: Printed: 108 pages, 6.14" x 9.21", Paperback

152 photos and illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-9554-2776-3

Publisher: Driftwood Coast Publishing

Copyright: 2007 Driftwood Coast Publishing

Language: English

Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Edition: First Edition

Price: 9.99

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