Bideford enjoys a spectacular location in North Devon. Sited astride the River Torridge its two halves are linked by the thirteenth-century bridge with its twenty-four arches all of different sizes. Founded by the Saxons it has had a long and fascinating history as a port and market town. From its quays sailed the first colonising venture to the New World. Sir Richard Grenville, the first Native American to be buried in England lies in its churchyard. Used as the location for Charles Kingsley's Victorian bestseller Westward Ho!, it saw its tourism industry develop greatly. Today, the narrow town centre streets lead down to a tree-lined quay, which bustles noisily with fishing vessels, cargo and pleasure boats. Take a look at Bideford old and new in this fascinating collection of carefully selected photographs which will surprise and delight anyone who knows and loves the area.
Peter Christie is a lecturer at Petroc College where he teaches Geography and Oral History. He is the senior district & town councilor. He's twice been Mayor of Bideford and is currently Chairman of the Bideford Bridge Trust. He was the Reviews Editor of The Local Historian for 12 years and has published over 1000 articles on the history of North Devon. A long time writer for local newspapers he currently runs the 'Yesteryear' page in the North Devon Journal and has written many books on Devon. Graham Hobbs has been a photographer for 30yrs and has won many awards which is listed on his website ref awards and achievements www.grahamhobbsphotography.co.uk. His work appears often in newspapers, magazines, books, calendars, greeting cards, and on websites. He has worked alongside actors, artist, world record breakers, TV personalities, authors and members of government. He was the appointed official photographer for HRH Princess Anne visit to north Devon (website). He has received worldwide recognition for a good commercial eye. Main Judge for the north Devon heritage photographic competition. For more info Google - Graham Hobbs Bideford.