• 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 Bideford A.F.C annual dinner
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    Womens Skittles Competition in Buckland Brewer
  • 3 Bideford School Junior Choir Sing in France at Twinning Ceremony in Landivisiau
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    10-year-old scrambler practices
  • 5 Appledore Juniors Football
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    Jinxed School Trip
  • 7 Larkworthy Family play in Shebbear's Football Team
  • 8 Championship Trophy for Hartland
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    First Girls at Bideford Grammar School take part in Play
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    Appledore boys beat mums at football
  • 11 Torrington children build igloo
  • 12 Westward Ho! Tennis Club Winners
  • 13 Hartland Dancers
  • 14 Head Barman appointed Torrington Town Crier
  • 15 Waldon Triplets
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    Gus Honeybun meets local children
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    Inter-school Road Safety Quiz Cup Winners
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    Wynne Olley's styles impress International Hair Fashion Designer
  • 19 Cavaliers join the Hunt
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    Andre Veillett and Quentin Reed in Judo Demonstration
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    Reds Womens Team Are First To Compete Throughout Season
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    Mums protest in Coronation Road
  • 23 Westward Ho! public conveniences get go ahead
  • 24 Brothers reunion 1947
  • 25 John Andrew Bread Charity
  • 26 Broomhayes £1,000 Surprise
  • 27 Torrington Youth Club rewarded by party
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    Double Baptism on Torridge
  • 29 Repair work on Long Bridge
  • 30 Teenager Peter Jackson Makes Horror Film
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    Mrs Whapham finds ferret in Bridgeland Street while shopping

Northam Burrows Committee

July 12th, 1963

The old custom of POTWALLOPING will be held on Saturday, July 27th - 9 to 5pm.

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Bideford Clock

Clock Future Uncertain

May 5th, 1978

Bideford pannier market could lose its ancient parliamentary clock - to the offices of Torridge District Council.

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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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  • 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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1911 Coronation Medal

Coronation Medal Presented on June 22nd 1911   Learn More

Whale at Hartland Point

Photo of a Beached Whale taken at Hartland Point    View More

The Putting Green Westward Ho!

The Putting Green at Westward Ho!    View More


Christmas Art Exhibition

October 20th, 1978

The 1st Open Annual Fine Art Exhibition of Painting-Graphics-Sculpture by local artists...

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Lorry Accident

Lorry Hits Shop Window

June 25th, 1971

No one was injured when, early on Wednesday afternoon, a driverless lorry belonging to Wickham and Co. Ltd...

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Wed at Appledore

Mr James Michael Walsh, only son of Mr and Mrs J Walsh, 9 Greysands Crescent, Appledore, and Miss Marilyn Rose Jewell, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs J Jewell, 25 Tomouth Road, Appledore, were married at St Mary’s Church, Appledore, on Saturday. 

5.4.1968 Walsh Jewell

The Vicar, Rev R C Dixon, officiated at the service and the organist Mrs Parks accompanied the hymns. The matron of honour was the bride’s sister, Mrs Jennifer White, and the senior bridesmaid, Miss Sonia Miles, a friend. Best man was Mr Leslie Pike. Following a reception at the Rose of Torridge Cafe, Bideford, Mr and Mrs Walsh left for a honeymoon in Torquay. 

The full Gazette article is dated 5 April 1968

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