ArchitectureA Selection of News Articles Related to Architecture

  • 1 A shoe shine?

    30 June 1950

  • 2 An old toll bridge

    23 June 1950

  • 3 Another house needs building

    7 July 1950

  • 4 Thanks to Mr Verren

    2 June 1950

  • A shoe shine?

    30 June 1950

    Surrounded by scaffolding, Bideford's statue of Charles Kingsley undergoes a periodical 'wash and brush up'.

    1950 Charles Kingsley statue

    A glance at the top and bottom of the photograph illustrates the 'before and after' effect. It appears that just at that moment a shoe-shine was being given.

    Gazette article dated 30 June 1950

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  • An old toll bridge

    23 June 1950

    Ha’penny (Halfpenny) Bridge, the gateway from Bideford to Weare Giffard, gets its name, one automatically supposes, from the old toll days.

    1950 Weare Giffard bridge

    The remains of the old toll cottage are on the other side of the bridge, which has a deceptive ‘hump’ as those motorists who have gone over it at a crisp speed have found out. The meadow scene looks peaceful in our picture but on occasions during the winter the arches are flecked with foam and the road flooded by a turbulent river Torridge.

    Gazette article dated 23 June 1950

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  • Another house needs building

    7 July 1950

    In cities and towns which received attention from the Luftwaffe such scenes as that pictured above were a commonplace sight during the recent war.

    1950 Bideford buildings

    But no bomb ‘winkled out’ this house – it has not yet been built.
    Off the Northam Road, Bideford, Mr Arthur Beer has a site for four houses, but only three people with licences for houses to be built. Two of those three wanted end houses, hence the gap in the middle, a commentary on present day building regulations. The slats from the two houses bordering on the gap seem to be stretching out their hands in

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  • Thanks to Mr Verren

    2 June 1950

    Elmdale acknowledges work of 81 year old resident

    1950 bridge Elmdale

    Persistence usually brings its reward… as residents of Elmdale Terrace, Bideford, and its immediate neighbourhood can testify.
    Built one-ended, the terrace opens on to the old Northam road. A stream bars the direct route to the Kingsley Road and bus stops. For those on the other side of the stream a visit to the sub-post office at Stanhope Terrace on the old Northam road meant a round-about journey.
    But, through the persistence of residents and the work of 81 years old Mr Harry Verren, of 15 Elmdale Terrace, the obstacle of the

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