A page for local history connections, with special thanks to the late Ray Boyd who donated so many of his images to Bude & Beyond so that everyone could see them.

Jennings Coaches – can you help?

We’ve had a request for information for some research related to Bude. Ben Found writes: I am currently undertaking research into the history of WJO Jennings Coaches (originally of Morwenstow and latterly, Bude). Jennings’s unmistakable orange and white coaches were a familiar sight in Bude for many years, indeed there […]

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What is the history of these buildings at Crooklets?

Please can you ask on Your local history page, what the history is of these two buildings at Crooklets? I believe the one to the far left is called Ocean House. The reason I’m interested is because the old Penarvor Hotel has sadly been demolished next door.

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The sad tale of Bude’s Barnabas Shazell

Another fabulous Bude maritime history article by Julie Satchell: Barnabas Stanlake Shazell & the Joseph and Thomas During a weekend wander round the graveyard of St Michaels and All Angels Church, looking for gravestones of shipwrecked sailors, an unusual name caught my eye. ‘Barnabas Stanlake Shazell’ drowned at Saunton in […]

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New Instagram account

Just an advisory that we have set up a new instagram account for our local history, called historicbude … we are happy to share your photos if you tag us, but meanwhile are adding one image a day from pictures on the Bude & Beyond local history site. Hopefully, that […]

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The Belém: the history behind the boilers on the beach

  Written by Julie Satchell, a local maritime archaeologist, to commemorate the anniversary of the sinking of the Belem, November 20th, 103 years ago: The two large cylindrical metal objects which sit nestled in varying levels of sand just north of Northcott beach are the boilers of the steam ship […]

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