Members and friends set off from Buckland last night, through drizzle and mist, to visit Poundstock Gildhouse. We were fascinated by the story of this Tudor church house, its origins, use and loving restoration. When it’s use as a venue for ‘church-ales’ and feast was no longer required, the gild house became a poor house and school room. It is now put to community use and is an educational facility, tourist attraction and wedding venue. This Grade 1 listed building has won a European award for its most recent, sensitive restoration and this was well deserved. There will be an article in our November newsletter which explains more about these fascinating buildings.
We were royally entertained and the cream ‘tea’ was delicious. If you were not able to accompany us on this trip, you missed a treat. Look out for the chance to make your own visit when the gild house is open to the public, or is staging an event.