Bideford, par., mun. bor., and seaport, N. Devon, on river Torridge, 4 miles from the sea, 7 miles SW. of Barnstaple, and 220 miles from London by rail, 3196 ac., pop. 6512; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-days, Tuesday and Saturday. The town is in two portions, united by a bridge of 24 arches. It has mfrs. of earthenware, ropes, sails, and leather; and carries on shipbuilding. Exports-- oak-hark, gram, and its own mfrs; imports -- timber, coal, fruits, wines, and brandies. Vessels of 500 tons come up to the quay; steamers run to Ilfracombe and Lundy Island during summer, and to Bristol throughout the year. Bideford is now a sub-port of Barnstaple. On Braunton Sands is a lighthouse, with 2 fixed lights (Bideford) seen at 11 and 14 miles. Admiral Sir Richard Grenville, who fell in action with the Spaniards in 1591, was a native.
(John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))
|Feature Description:||"parish, municipal borough, and seaport" (ADL Feature Type: "harbors")|
|Administrative units:||Bideford AP/CP Bideford Borough Devon AncC|
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