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Nanny Moore’s Bridge – history under your feet

Nanny Moore’s Bridge is a Grade II listed construction in Bude, originally with a cantilevered, liftable section for boats to pass underneath. It was listed in 1985. Originally named Bude Bridge it was renamed in the nineteenth century. Now it is just a footbridge over the River Neet, but in […]

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Bude’s Titanic Archie Jewell

It is hard to imagine Bude having much to do with the ill-fated Titanic. In the post of lookout in the ‘crow’s nest’ just before the ill-fated Titanic struck ice was young (23) Archie Jewell of Bude. Archie was born in King’s Street, into a well known local sea-faring family. […]

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From builder to coffin maker. Interview with Bude’s Bryan Adams

As part of an  interview with  local resident , Bryan Adams,  I learned how  Bryan gained an apprenticeship at Pethicks the building company in Bude. They had an interesting arm to their business. I got  £1 and 3 shillings a week in 1951 as an apprentice at the building firm, […]

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Behind the Lens

Taken from Bude Past & Present Adapted from: Views and Likenesses – Photographers & Their Work in Cornwall and Scilly, 1839-1870, by Charles Thomas, 1988 The well-known local Thorn photographic family originated from Kilkhampton and Launcells in the 16th century, or maybe before, according to the book “Views and Likenesses” […]

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The day they dug up Bude’s railway track…

Railway 1950s – freight train approaches the wharf Decided to use this story previously published on Bude Past & Present site, given the Bude Connect AGM on Saturday.   Story told to Dawn Robinson by John Going, then 94,  of Widemouth Bay. It was a privilege to meet John, and […]

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Northcott Mouth 1970s

A view of Northcott Mouth, probably from the 1970s or 1980s.

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A chat with Len Tozer

Many of you will know retired geography teacher, Len Tozer, who used to work at Budehaven School.  Recently, we enjoyed a long chat (Len can talk for England which is great as he is a mine of information) about various aspects of his life, including his mother taking in lodgers […]

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Visiting St Juliot Church

Despite studying and loving literature, I have always struggled to read Thomas Hardy. He is so lusciously descriptive that it sometimes feels like overkill. Discussing writing with locally-based romantic fiction author, Johanna Jackson, today, we questioned whether overly-descriptive writing is so difficult because it leaves the reader with little imaginative […]

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Meeting American visitors in Bude

It’s funny sometimes how things happen out of the blue, so a telephone call from Mary Greer this weekend led to me meeting a party of 24 people, primarily American and Australian women, on a mystical tour of Cornwall and the SW.  They were taking in Bude, the last resting […]

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Bude’s historic golf club…

It was a delight to visit Bude Golf Club on Friday. More about the changes happening there soon, but I hadn’t realised the club has quite a history. If you visit you can see some of the old images relating to golf in the town. The golf club is now […]

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