Posted on 08/19/2017

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Early in the fifth century, after the Romans had left Britain, the country was rapidly overrun by the invading armies of Jutes, Angles and Saxons, and the Celtic people were compelled to flee westwards taking refuge in Devon, Cornwall, and Wales. The invading hordes largely wiped out the Christian Church in the areas that they conquered, and Thor and Wodin usurped the place of Christ. But in the West the Church struggled on, strengthened by links with the Church and its leaders in Brittany and other parts of Gaul. One of these leaders was the missionary-minded Bishop, Budoc of Dol.

Budoc, grandson of the king of Brest, spent some of his childhood years in exile with his mother in Cornwall. On returning to Brittany the young lad was baptised by the Abbot of a nearby monastery and later became a monk himself. The details of his life are shrouded in legend, but we know that he was Bishop of Dol for twenty years. He died at the age of eighty-three in the year a.d.500 and is buried in the Cathedral at Dol.

About a.d.480, over a hundred years before St. Augustine built his first Church at Canterbury, a band of missionary monks sent out by Bishop Budoc crossed the Channel in an open boat from Brittany and sailed up the river Tamar landing somewhere in the shelter of the Ernesettle Creek. There they formed a settlement and built a little wattle church. It was to this settlement and to other similar ones that the Bishop himself would have come from time to time to make his pastoral visits and to encourage those whom he had sent out to preach and teach.

The name Budokshed, which in the Middle Ages was the surname of the family occupying the manor house in this area, is probably a corruption of Budok's hide, "hide" meaning a piece of land. Thus the manor of Budokshed is the manor on Budok's piece of land. If this is the true derivation of the name then it would seem that a piece of land down by the Tamar was regarded as belonging to Budok, and it was on this piece of land that the early churches were built.
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