Barnstaple, River Taw And South Walk 1899

Barnstaple, River Taw And South Walk 1899

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The Taw at high tide. The masts of sailing ships are visible beyond the bridge, and a fine collection of rowing boats can be seen around the boathouse. Left of the bridge is Shapland and Petter's Raleigh Cabinet Works, built in 1888 on the site of Westacott's old shipyard. Still in business today, the main output is wooden doors. The name 'Raleigh' refers to their previous premises in the town, which were burnt down.

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Memories of Barnstaple, River Taw and South Walk 1899

Rowing Boats

It must have been in the early 1950s when an Aunt and Uncle, actually cousins of my mother's from Bolton, came to visit on holiday. In those days I remember there were rowing boats for hire from the boathouse moored near the entrance to Rock Park and the South Walk which can be seen in the 1899 photo. That means it must have been there for a good while before the relatives took me out in one of the boats and rowed up the river as far as the iron railway bridge which had been built to ling the Great Western Station at Victoria Road with the Southern Railway at Barnstaple Junction. The abiding memory is of us grounding on a sandbank but fortunately not getting stuck. I remember being frightened that we would sink but nearly sixty years later I am still around to tell the tale!

Memories of Barnstaple

Evacuated, And For A Few Days They Visited Me To Barnstaple 1940/45 From Plymouth

I came to Barnstaple in the year 1940, from Plymouth 24 hours, so I was told just before Plymouth was heavily bombed. I lived with my Mother at number 5 Gaydon Street with a lady I came to address as Aunty Rose, my Father at the time was stationed at an RAF ...Read full memory

A memory of Barnstaple by David Kew


Arriving in Barnstaple in 1957 from Hampshire, a 17 year old blonde haired young man, my first employment was at the High Street branch of Macfisheries, employed as a shop assistant/delivery boy delivering orders on a large black bicycle with an equally large wicker basket on the front within the Barnstaple town area. I was ...Read full memory

A memory of Barnstaple by Raymond Hay

Railway Info.

The building on the left is a carriage shed, used for holding spare passenger vehicles under cover. It is from the North Devon Railway in the 1850s and still appears to have broad gauge track (7ft gauge - not removed until 1877) laid into it. Access was by means of a small turntable just off the picture to the left. The ...Read full memory

A memory of Barnstaple

A Crying Shame

The Castle used to be the home of the borough council, but was demolished some time during the 1960s and a new civic centre, which is an eyesore, was built on the land opposite. It was an absolute travesty that this lovely building was destroyed.

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