Bideford, Devon
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Bideford and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Jennie Field

Taking the bus from Westward Ho! and walking up the high street to Woolworths to buy a record of Roy Orbison singing 'Only the lonely'. That was when you could buy anything you wanted on a 'proper high street' where all the best shops were. That was the last time I went up the high street before my family moved to Sussex.

A memory of Bideford by Jennie Smeath

Wembley Convalecent Home, Near Bideford North Devon

In 1948 when I was 9 years old I was sent to Wembley convalescent home in North Bideford after recovering from scarlet fever, I loved it there, it was like heaven on earth. we had no education, all we had to do was read a passage from the bible that we were unfamiliar with and learn it off ...Read full memory

A memory of Bideford by gladysfoley

Steeper Than It Looks

It was every school summer holiday that my sister and I used to come with our parents to spend a week or so with grandma Annie Penhorwood. If we had any money we would go to the bakery shop near the bottom of the High Street and carry our prizes in their greased brown paper bag back up (usually in some heat) to eat ...Read full memory

A memory of Bideford by Heather Uden