Memories of Bideford
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 by heart and then we were allowed out to play. In the grounds there was three large rhododendron bushes that were large enough the play in. the staff kept us well dressed and took us for walks in the woods and after walking for about half an hour we would come to a group off cottages with a stream running beside them and there was rabbit holes large enough for us to fall into so we had to be ...Read full memory
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 chip shop. At the top of the building of the fish and chip shop was mounted a sculptered eagle. Does anyone have a photo of this eagle please The granddaughter of the fish and chip owners is a wonderful lady. We drifted apart to different sides of the world, but due to a beautiful set of events we have been brought back together. We recently said hello to each other after a gap of 50 years, ...Read full memory
I was born in 1954 in Bideford. I went to a small private school near the strand but it closed down, then went to church infants school near St Mary's Church, then to another school near Abbotsham Road , then Geneva School. I had lots of relatives living in Bideford, my Aunts - the Bird family, my ...Read full memory
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.