Bideford, Devon

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Bideford is a town in Devon

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Location and coordinates are for the approximate centre of Bideford within this administrative area. Geographic features and populated places may cross administrative borders.

Bideford in historic gazetteers

Gazetteer of the British Isles (Edinburgh: Bartholomew, 1887). John Bartholomew

Bideford, par., mun. bor., and seaport, N. Devon, on river Torridge, 4 miles from the sea, 7 miles SW. of Barnstaple, and 220 miles from London by rail, 3196 ac., pop. 6512; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-days, Tuesday and Saturday. The town is in two portions, united by a bridge of 24 arches. It has mfrs. of earthenware, ropes, sails, and leather; and carries on shipbuilding. Exports-- oak-hark, gram, and its own mfrs; imports -- timber, coal, fruits, wines, and brandies. Vessels of 500 tons come up to the quay; steamers run to Ilfracombe and Lundy Island during summer, and to Bristol throughout the year. Bideford is now a sub-port of Barnstaple. On Braunton Sands is a lighthouse, with 2 fixed lights (Bideford) seen at 11 and 14 miles. Admiral Sir Richard Grenville, who fell in action with the Spaniards in 1591, was a native.

Bideford in the Domesday Book

A village in Merton hundred, in the county of Devon. is a Good Stuff website.