• Welcome to the Bideford & District Community Archive

    Welcome to the Bideford & District Community Archive

    ...The Gazette Newspaper 1856 onwards.

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  • Welcome to the Bideford & District Community Archive

    Welcome to the Bideford & District Community Archive

    ...The Gazette Newspaper 1856 onwards.

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  • 1 Head Barman appointed Torrington Town Crier
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  • 3 Torrington Youth Club rewarded by party
  • 4 Championship Trophy for Hartland
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    New gateway
  • 6 John Andrew Bread Charity
  • 7 Broomhayes £1,000 Surprise
  • 8 Repair work on Long Bridge
  • 9 Westward Ho! Tennis Club Winners
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    10-year-old scrambler practices
  • 11 Brothers reunion 1947
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    Appledore boys beat mums at football
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    First Girls at Bideford Grammar School take part in Play
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    Building works
  • 15 Hartland Dancers
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    Cadets are given certificates
  • 17 Torrington children build igloo
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    Hamburger is part of modern life
  • 19 Bideford A.F.C annual dinner
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    Double Baptism on Torridge
  • 21

    Jinxed School Trip
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    Womens Skittles Competition in Buckland Brewer
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    First prize
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    Reds Womens Team Are First To Compete Throughout Season
  • 25 Westward Ho! public conveniences get go ahead
  • 26 Larkworthy Family play in Shebbear's Football Team
  • 27 Appledore Juniors Football
  • 28 Waldon Triplets
  • 29 Bideford School Junior Choir Sing in France at Twinning Ceremony in Landivisiau
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    Andre Veillett and Quentin Reed in Judo Demonstration
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    Gus Honeybun meets local children
  • 32 Teenager Peter Jackson Makes Horror Film
  • 33 Cavaliers join the Hunt
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    Inter-school Road Safety Quiz Cup Winners
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    Mrs Whapham finds ferret in Bridgeland Street while shopping
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    Mums protest in Coronation Road
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    Wynne Olley's styles impress International Hair Fashion Designer
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    Holidaying in north Devon
3.5.1957 Robins win Hansen Cup

Robins Win The Hansen Cup

May 3rd, 1957

Bideford AFC pictured with the Hansen Cup after they had defeated Bude 2-1 in the final

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and suddenly it's spring

Cadds Down Farm

1 March 1974

Joined by Trixie, the pony

  • Seafield House - the "Spooky House" of Westward Ho!

    The house on the cliff edge known locally as ‘Spooky House’ or even ‘Haunted House’ , was built about 1885.

    The road was especially built to enable access to the house and was initially known as Seafield Road; later it became Merley Road.

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  • Torrington May Fair Queen and Her Attendants

    Names from left to right:Joan Ricketts; Joan Newcombe; Jean Wernhem; Margaret Sweet; Enid Ovenden; Rona Elsworthy; Doris Short; (back row);
    Eileen Short; Miss Margery Bennett (Queen); Joyce Downman; David Fiddian (Page); Peggie Sussex;

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  • Christmas Eve at the Front

    An interesting letter has just been received by Mrs Packer, of Broadclyst, from her husband, Corpl Packer of A Company, 1st Battalion Devonshire Regiment, who is serving with the Expeditionary Force in Northern France. In the course of a letter he describes a remarkable incident which occurred on Christmas Eve between the British and German trenches.

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1911 Coronation Medal

Coronation Medal Presented on June 22nd 1911   Learn More

The Hoops Inn

The Hoops Inn close to Peppercombe Beach    View More

The Quay at Appledore

Appledore Quay where Taw and Torridge Rivers meet   View More

Wynne Olley

Crowning Glory

12 October 1962

Their finest achievement to date...

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Shipyard goes into liquidation 1963

Liquidator appointed

4 January 1963

Difficulty in retaining labour...

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