Save Compass Point!

by Bude-Stratton Town Council in Bude, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 5th April 2021 we successfully raised £57,801 ( + est. £10004.25 Gift Aid ) with 720 supporters in 56 days

To save the Storm Tower at Compass Point from falling into the sea due to coastal erosion. Now is our chance Save Our Storm Tower!

by Bude-Stratton Town Council in Bude, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

An additional aim of the project is to be able to launch an interactive heritage exhibition at The Castle, Bude about the Storm Tower. Offering insight into its historical links to the Town engaging the local community and visitors to the area and providing educational resources. 

           The Compass Point Project 

                         “Save Our Storm Tower”

The Storm Tower is in serious danger due to ongoing coastal erosion of the Compass Point cliffs below, if left untouched the elements will claim the tower and this local landmark will be lost forever.


Brief History 

An historical icon of Bude, the Storm Tower sits on overwatch proudly above Bude Bay. Originally designed by architect, George Wightwick, in 1835 for Sir Thomas Acland, as a refuge for the coastguard and for ornamental purposes. This iconic octagonal tower was modelled by Wightwick on the ‘Temple of the Winds’ at Athens, and stands on a plinth with 3 granite steps leading up to the entrance on the east side with points of the compass carved into the structure.

With constant coastal erosion taking place at Compass Point, it was only a matter of time before the Storm Tower would need to be relocated. Originally moved inland to its current position in 1881, 140 years later the Storm Tower is again teetering on the edge of the cliff, exposed to the perils of the sea below. Its future existence remains uncertain unless sufficient funding can be raised to move the building inland once again. 

First registered as a Grade II listed building in 1985, extensive work started last year with the completion of the Heritage Impact Assessment, arranged by Bude-Stratton Town Council and funded by Cornwall Council. This outlined suitable options for the safe movement of the Storm Tower inland by approximately 100 meters. Part of Efford Down, the land upon which the Storm Tower sits, and indeed the building itself, is leased to Cornwall Council on a 500-year term. On Thursday 14th January 2021, Bude-Stratton Town Council voted unanimously in favour of supporting The Compass Point Project.


With the estimated cost totalling £350,000 raising the funds to move the Storm Tower must start in earnest, Cornwall Council have pledged £50,000 towards the project with Bude-Stratton Town Council initiating a crowd funding campaign to raise up to £75,000 as well as matching pound for pound up to £25,000. The Town Council has also agreed to make an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the remaining amount required.

If both the Heritage Lottery Fund application and crowd funding campaign are successful, work on moving the Grade II listed building can start to take place. However, time is of the essence, as the cliff continues to erode below and makes the land around the Storm Tower less stable, work to preserve it from an untimely fall into the sea is harder to undertake. 

Standing proudly on our headland and viewable for miles to see, we know how meaningful the Storm Tower is to the people of Bude, its surrounding villages and many thousands of regular visitors. Not only does it hold a special place in the heart of our community, it is also a symbol of our seafaring heritage. We want to preserve this icon for many more generations to come, and we need your help to do so.


How can I help?

The simplest and most effective way to support The Compass Point Project is to donate to the Crowdfunding page directly and will help us on our way to securing the future of Bude’s very unique icon. 

Raising awareness of the Compass Point Project will be an ongoing task as we look to engage lovers of Bude, from right here in our community to those far and wide who love and visit the area year after year.

 We are calling on you, our community to help get this project off the ground and ‘Save Our Storm Tower’! Tell your friends! Thank you for your support. 

Should the Lottery Heritage Bid be unsuccessful or the project is unable to go ahead for any reason outside of our control, any funds raised towards this project will be donated to The Friends of Bude Sea Pool, Bude for the preservation and upkeep of this local landmark and asset.

Video & Photo rights: BSTC 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£150 or more

74 of 98 claimed

Framed Print of the Storm Tower design

A framed and individually numbered limited edition print of the architect Wightwick's original designs for the Storm Tower from 1835. Limited print run available to the first 100 to donate £150 to the crowd funding campaign. This is a very special item to be treasured and will give a wonderful and lasting reminder of your connection to Bude and your support to Save Our Stormtower.

£10 or more

Your name in the roll of honour on BSTC website

There will be a page on the Bude Stratton Town Council website updating progress on the relocation project. Within this will be a 'roll of honour', where every donation over £10 will be marked by your name being featured. The web page will remain live for the duration of the project and will be a great way to look in on the project and and track progress made.

£30 or more

66 of 500 claimed

Greetings card signed by the Mayor of Bude

A personally signed thank you card from the Mayor of Bude. this features a fantastic image of the Stormtower at night, illuminated against a backdrop of dramatic cliffs and 'the dishes' in the far distance. The image is somewhat reminiscent of the Van Gogh Starry Night series. This is something you'll want to frame and keep as a personal memento of your gift to the project. Reproduction rights have been kindly donated by Kernwall Photography.

£100 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Bespoke Email Marketing Templates

West Creative has kindly offered bespoke email marketing template as an £100 reward to the Compass Point Project. These are fantastic for businesses and can be edited and used time and time again for all your marketing mailing list needs.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Peak Performance 6 classes

Another reward from Peak Performance Bude, helping you to get in shape! Just £40 for 6 classes! Available to use post lockdown.

£80 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Peak Performance 12 classes

The wonderful team at peak performance are offering 12 classes at the gym for £80! Wow! So now you can get in shape when you donate! Available to use post lockdown

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

HPT Sport voucher

HPT Sport Running Man in Bude have donated an £100 voucher to be used for clothing or a pair of running shoes! Donate to the crowd funder and get some new active wear at the same time!

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A deluxe valet for your car from Suds Law

Give your car a super treat. Taryn and Kev of Suds Law have generously offered a Deluxe Valet. This is the absolute top end treatment for your pride and joy which will be given real care and attention to detail. Offering the ultimate level of quality and care for the vehicle, it includes each service included in the full valet, with an additional protective sealant bundle and the application of Liquid Crystal six month GTechniq protection.

£600 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bespoke Website from West Creative

West Creative has offered a tailor-made bespoke website as a reward for a £600 donation. This would suit a new business or one looking to rebrand and update for example. So donate to the project and get a new website for your business at the same time! (e-commerce not included)

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