Philip Jackson, local artist, storyteller and historian-at-the-bar
Who are we to tell you about the momentous history of Stratton and Bude when there’s someone
eminently more qualified. We bumped into Philip Jackson and his dog in the pub. Among his many mastermind specialist subjects are the Bude Beach Riots of 1900, the ghost of Sir Ralph
de Blanc-Minster, the Reverend Hawker who came up with the Harvest Festival and the life and times
of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney – inventor, scientist, surgeon, pianist, architect and all round Cornish genius who built Bude Castle, Canal and half the town it seems. Born and raised in Stratton, Philip
has transformed the derelict old school into a living history archive and gallery. He’s also a pretty mean painter of oils, and has 60 canvasses on the go at a time. He could write a book about the local legends and indeed he is one. Knock on the door and say we sent you.