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Lucille’s poetic memory of Margaret Frost

Yesterday, I went to see Lucille Opie, who told me this rather charming tale relating to the late Margaret Frost. We both thought people in Bude would enjoy it: In 1953, when we first came to Bude, a man called Ed Rutherford, tall, 6ft 5, came over to Bude from […]

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When Bude flooded

Thanks to Matt Fitzsimmons for these photos from his Nan. Does anyone remember anything about these scenes?

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In memory of Bude & Beyond’s Ray Boyd …

Ray Boyd was a lovely chap. I first came across him as ‘Old School” on the Bude People site I used to run for Northcliffe Digital, where he added some wonderfully-received collections of old photos of Bude. It took quite a search to uncover who ‘Old School’ was, as Ray […]

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Dawn’s Bude books

One good thing about November is that I receive a royalties statement and I’m pleased to say sales of my Bude books are holding up in a tough retail climate, so … A massive thank you to anyone who has bought one or plans to buy one, for anyone who […]

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Bude and Stratton Old Cornwall Society – Grenville Estate

By Helen Bartrop Hocking: The Bude, Stratton & District Old Cornwall Society gathered in The Parkhouse Centre on Lady Day evening to listen to the lecture ‘Grenville Estate and the development of Bude’ as researched by their newly elected President, Richard Michael Heard. Starting with a quick recap of Part […]

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Send in your images/stories for our history pages

There are some lovely nostalgic photos of old Bude on various Facebook websites. The problem is, they drop off the page pretty quickly. On the local history section of our site, images and articles are here to stay, but we are always interested in seeing and knowing more. If you […]

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Chapel Rock and life on a ketch – from John Acland’s book, 1914

At the Breakwater on an afternoon an hour or two before high tide, so picture the scene: AS we get nearer to it, the deep harmonious roar of the waves becomes ever more impressive. The tide has reached only half way up its sloping side, so in crossing to Chapel […]

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Features of the Bude coastline

More from the pamphlet of John Acland: The Compass Point or Storm Tower was built around 1830. Fifty years later, owing to cliff erosion, it was taken down and rebuilt in a safer position. It seems to be back in that situation now. A slate fixed in the pavement outside […]

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The sea at Bude from the words of John Acland

Thanks to one of our invaluable sponsors, musician Aidan B, for sharing a pamphlet originally written by Capt John E. Acland in 1914, which has provided some lovely insights into Bude. As you know, from my books Secret Bude, Bude Postcards and Bude Through Time, I have a thing about […]

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Upton – centre for spiritualism in times past?

Had a chat with a local lady last week, who used to live in Upton as a child. Showing me these old photos and cards, she reckoned that many people who lived in Upton in the 1940s/50s were spiritually inclined, attending the spiritualist church which was then at the old […]

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