• 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 Cement-clad boats being built at Northam

  • 2 Littleham family's five generations

  • 3 Artisans' Club

  • 4 Clovelly custom

  • 5 Battle of the gap at Westward Ho!

  • 6 Clovelly nightmare

  • 7 New shipyard on schedule

  • 8 Church renovation rejoicing at Northam

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    Lenwood Squash Club
  • 10 Lady Godiva comes to Torrington

  • 11 Faints as she wins national competition

  • 12 Farewell to passenger trains

  • 13 Fundraising trip for RNLI

  • 14 Bideford Liberal club new lounge bar opened

  • 15

    Wynne Olley's styles impress International Hair Fashion Designer
  • 16 Weare Giffard potato

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    10-year-old scrambler practices
  • 18 Clovelly donkey film star

  • 19 Bringing shopping home by goat

  • 20 Appledore's new lifeboat

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    Holidaying in north Devon
  • 22 Torrington children build igloo
  • 23 Some 240 exhibits

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    Bidefordians
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    Married in 1908
  • 26 Eleventh hour bid to save last sailing barge

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    Gus Honeybun meets local children
  • 28 Championship Trophy for Hartland
  • 29 Designed all furnishing of new chapel

  • 30 Finished in 1876

  • 31 Penny for the guy

  • 32 East-the-Water's call for new school

  • 33 Shipbuilding hobby at Hartland

  • 34 Bideford A.F.C annual dinner
  • 35 Lots drawn to prevent dog fight

  • 36 Jalopy joy for children of Shamwickshire

  • 37 Westward Ho! public conveniences get go ahead
  • 38 Works at craft he learned over 65 years ago

  • 39 They never miss a game at Torrington

  • 40 Pet squirrels at Monkleigh

  • 41 Waldon Triplets
  • 42 Record player of 80 years ago

  • 43 Gloves fit for a king!

  • 44 Entente cordiale in Bideford

  • 45

    Youth Clubs Join Together For Entertainment
  • 46 TV contest means big job for Bideford Guides

  • 47

    Birgitta Whittaker
  • 48 Wine and beer merchants for 150 years

  • 49 Bideford's first triplets for 12 years

  • 50 Just over a year old

  • 51 Escaped crane moves into Kenwith Valley

  • 52 Ship-in-bottle world record

  • 53 Picture bought for shillings may be worth thousands

  • 54 Hartland postman retires

  • 55 Largest salmon caught in Torridge

  • 56 New look for Torrington Lane

  • 57 Appledore's largest

  • 58 Larkworthy Family play in Shebbear's Football Team
  • 59 Bideford Liberals' fashion show

  • 60 Hartland Dancers
  • 61

    New gateway
  • 62

    Mums protest in Coronation Road
  • 63 Puppet characters introduced

  • 64 Modern living at Bideford

  • 65 No sale of Springfield House

  • 66 Westward Ho! Tennis Club Winners
  • 67 Salmon netting at Bideford

  • 68 Cavaliers join the Hunt
  • 69 Launching the 'Golden Hinde'

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    Close associations with North Devon
  • 71 Train returns to Westleigh straight

  • 72 Bideford country dancers on TV

  • 73 Donkey and horses enjoy carnival drink

  • 74 Northam's almshouse

  • 75 Head Barman appointed Torrington Town Crier
  • 76 Broomhayes £1,000 Surprise
  • 77 Bideford inquest on French trawlermen opens

  • 78 Fleet of foot and fair of face

  • 79 Boys from Bideford school complete Ten Tors

  • 80 Baby Kate goes home to Lundy

  • 81 Sight of a lifetime

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    Inter-school Road Safety Quiz Cup Winners
  • 83 Town's second woman mayor in 392 years

  • 84 Simple Item 138
  • 85

    Appledore boys beat mums at football
  • 86 Four sisters' nostalgic reunion

  • 87 New fire and ambulance stations

  • 88 Photo mural in Bideford bank

  • 89 Celebrations for 103rd birthday

  • 90 Daisy's pride and joy

  • 91 Bideford School Junior Choir Sing in France at Twinning Ceremony in Landivisiau
  • 92 New Lundy stamps

  • 93 Brothers reunion 1947
  • 94 Wishing well is pixielated

  • 95 Torrington Youth Club rewarded by party
  • 96 Teenager Peter Jackson Makes Horror Film
  • 97

    Hamburger is part of modern life
  • 98

    Building works
  • 99 Westward Ho! combined op

  • 100

    Successful motor cycling team
  • 101

    Double Baptism on Torridge
  • 102

    Gift from Bideford Town Council
  • 103

    Jinxed School Trip
  • 104

    Exhibition of school work
  • 105 Tramps camp by riverside throughout arctic weather

  • 106

    Mrs Whapham finds ferret in Bridgeland Street while shopping
  • 107 A craftsman's 'potted' history

  • 108 Yeoi Vale House finally demolished

  • 109 Panto time at Westward Ho!

  • 110

    Cadets are given certificates
  • 111 Chess - their bridge over the years

  • 112

    Relatives all over the world
  • 113 John Andrew Bread Charity
  • 114 Liked holidays here - so starts business

  • 115

    FA Cup Match for the Robins
  • 116 Buckland goes to County Show

  • 117 Bravery against bull at Shebbear rewarded

  • 118

    Was a missionary
  • 119 Calligrapher extraordinary

  • 120

    First Girls at Bideford Grammar School take part in Play
  • 121 School's link with cargo ship

  • 122 Burnard family reunion

  • 123 Appledore Juniors Football
  • 124

    Reds Womens Team Are First To Compete Throughout Season
  • 125

    First prize
  • 126

    Womens Skittles Competition in Buckland Brewer
  • 127 Charter granted by Philip and Mary

  • 128 Repair work on Long Bridge
  • 129 Jumble sale fever

  • 130 'Les Girls' of Hartland

  • 131 A bird of their own!

  • 132 New addition to Quay front

  • 133 Devil sent packing

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    Andre Veillett and Quentin Reed in Judo Demonstration
  • 135 Students help model St Sidwell

  • 136 Quads join a Langtree happy family

  • 137 Bideford childrens' cinema opens

  • 138 Twenty-one yachts

  • 139 Last train from Torrington

  • 140 Photo of town's first car wins prize

  • 141 Out of puff!

  • 142 Death - and birth - of a telephone exchange

  • 143 Bideford computer stars

  • 144 Space dominates Hartland carnival

  • 145

    School of Dancing's Annual Display
  • 146

    Toasted with musical honours
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

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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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  • 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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1911 Coronation Medal

Coronation Medal Presented on June 22nd 1911   Learn More

The Hoops Inn

The Hoops Inn close to Peppercombe Beach

The Quay at Appledore

Appledore Quay where Taw and Torridge Rivers meet 

 
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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