A brief history of Houndapitt Farm and the surrounding area

Houndapitt Farm CottagesHoundapitt takes its name from the days when tenancy was in abundance. Stowe Barton where you pass on route to Duckpool was once the main big farm, and here at Houndapitt the hounds were kept for hunting. In 1974/75 Mr Heard Senior bought the farm and surrounding land. The cottage conversions started in 1977/78 with a local architect. Antony and Katrina took over the business in 1987 when Antony’s parents retired and they now have two sons, Ross and Kane.

The satellite dishes you can see from the play area are not Goonhilly, but are part of the Government Communications network based in Cheltenham. Officially, the site has been referred to a ‘composite signal ordinance station.’ During WWII it was used for training by both the RAF and the Army, and was then known as Cleave camp. Today, many locals, including the Heard family, still refer to it as such. It was her e that the first land based ‘operational’ sortie took place, and it is said that more gunners were trained here than any other camp in England. The site is now part of the NATO early warning defence system, and the largest dish aerials are 100ft in diameter, and weigh approximately 100 tonnes. The station is one of the biggest employers in the Bude area, and has been part of landscape for as long as we can remember.

Duckpool, the beach that neighbours Sandymouth, is said to have gained its name from one of two places. Tradition suggests that the name originates from the medieval practice of ducking suspected witches in ponds, however ducks are also common at the beach, which it could be argued is a more likely explanation, even if it isn’t quite as fanciful. As the tide recedes, it’s possible to explore the wealth of exposed rock pools and their creatures, including Mussels, Shore crabs and Blenny fish. Ravens and Oystercatchers are among the most common birds found near the cliffs.

Bude is North Cornwall’s premier seaside resort. It’s origins as a resort began at the end of the 19th century, but Bude had an earlier history, evidence of which can be seen at the canal. The 35 miles of waterway, from Bude to Holsworthy, took 4 years to complete and cost £120,000 by its opening in 1823. Lime rich sea-sand was imported inland and sold to farmers who used this valuable commodity to sweeten the soil of their fields and improve drainage. Although the canal was never regarded as a great economic success, it was nevertheless a notable engineering feat.

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