• 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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    Double Baptism on Torridge
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    Inter-school Road Safety Quiz Cup Winners
  • 4 Waldon Triplets
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    Womens Skittles Competition in Buckland Brewer
  • 6 Westward Ho! public conveniences get go ahead
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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
  • 10 Championship Trophy for Hartland
  • 11

    Jinxed School Trip
  • 12

    Gus Honeybun meets local children
  • 13 Larkworthy Family play in Shebbear's Football Team
  • 14 Appledore Juniors Football
  • 15 Repair work on Long Bridge
  • 16 Brothers reunion 1947
  • 17 Torrington Youth Club rewarded by party
  • 18 Broomhayes £1,000 Surprise
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    Appledore boys beat mums at football
  • 20 Head Barman appointed Torrington Town Crier
  • 21 Teenager Peter Jackson Makes Horror Film
  • 22 Bideford School Junior Choir Sing in France at Twinning Ceremony in Landivisiau
  • 23 Westward Ho! Tennis Club Winners
  • 24 Hartland Dancers
  • 25 John Andrew Bread Charity
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    Andre Veillett and Quentin Reed in Judo Demonstration
  • 27 Cavaliers join the Hunt
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    First Girls at Bideford Grammar School take part in Play
  • 29 Torrington children build igloo
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    Reds Womens Team Are First To Compete Throughout Season
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    10-year-old scrambler practices

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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  • 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

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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