Posts for B and B

The death of Miss Gurney

We all hear a lot about Sir Goldsworthy Gurney but he was father to a devoted daughter, Anna Jane (also known as Annie), who cared for him in his later years. She was said to be his constant companion; they also had two servants. SAdly, I could not find any […]

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Goings on in Stratton, 1896

The British Library offers a wealth of information on many subjects. I decided on a quick search of Stratton, which is where it was all happening in November, 1896. Firstly, there were services for the Wesleyan Foreign Mission, a strong reminder of the power of Methodism around these parts. Meanwhile, […]

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Narrow escape of a steamer off Bude

We can see from an article in the Exeter & Plymouth Gazette, dated Friday, 21st January, 1887, that a steamer had a narrow escape off the coast of Bude back. The article, available from the British Library, told of a large steamer, making its way up the channel, probably in […]

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A day at Bude fair in 1907

By Dawn Robinson-Walsh: Thinking back to 28th September, 1907, which is of course before any of our memories. In the Cornish & Devon Post of that day is a description of the fairground at Bude, which took place on a Monday. It seems there was fine summer weather and those […]

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Can you identify this place?

From Andrew Darley: I wonder if you are able to locate this photo. I was recently sorting through my late sister’s effects and came across a lot of old black-and-white photos taken by my father. This one was simply labelled “near Bude”. The back story, as I remember my father […]

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In search of the Miura

Our thanks to Julie Satchell for another wonderful article, this time inspired by the comment of one of our readers, and what a fascinating tale this is: When Marilyn Northcott added a comment on the article about the wreck of the Belem, seeking more information on the wreck of the […]

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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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