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The church of St Olave, erected in the latter part of the 14th century and partly rebuilt in the beginning of the 16th century, is an ancient building of stone in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower 61 feet high, with good pinnacles and containing 5 bells, dated respectively 1790, 1861, 1801, 1861 and 1790; the chancel retains a piscine and aumbry; and there are good carved oak benches dating from circ. 1500: and stained windows to several members of the Carnsew family: the tower was repaired in 1889, and a new clock with chimes presented, at a cost of £110, by Miss Gurney, in memory of her father, Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, the inventor of the Bude light: a stain window has been erected to the memory of Gertrude Mary , wife of the Very rev. B.M. Cowle D.D. dean of Exeter, who died July 4th, 1886; in the south aisle is a copy of the letter of thanks sent by Charles I,
to his Cornish subjects: it is dated from Sudley Castle, Feb. 10th, 1643: there is also an emblazoned shield of the royal arms, dated 1655; the font dates from the 12th century; there are 290 sittings.: the churchyard is entered through a lych-gate, and an avenue of limes leads up to the entrance. The register of the church and the parish accounts exist from the year 1527, and that of baptisms, marriages and burials, from the year 1537.