Bideford, Devon
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

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

East The Water

Hi Folks, I am looking for an old photograph. Just over the bridge on the East The Water side of Bideford is the parking lot for the Royal Hotel. In days gone by, and in my youth, as I was born in Torrington Street, it used to be a square. At the edge of the square which was the bridge end of Torrington Street was a fish and ...Read full memory

A memory of Bideford by Eddie Neylon

Happy Days!

I was at school in Essex in the early 50's but my parents lived in Bideford at ! Cottingham Crescent behind the old Grammar school. My stepfather Ernest Jewell worked for Beers , which I think was a builders, and my mother Edith Jewell was manageress of Bromleys, a bakery and restaurant about halfway up the High street on the right ...Read full memory

A memory of Bideford by Colin Brown

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