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Bideford, Devon

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Bideford, Devon

Bideford is a small port town on the estuary of the River Torridge in north Devon, south-west England. It is also the main town of the Torridge local government district.
Administrative CountyDevon
Traditional CountyDevon
OS GridSS4426
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDevon and Cornwall
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01237
Population14,599 (2001 est.)

Other names by which Bideford, Devon has been known in the past

Bediford ~ Biddeford ~ Biddiford ~ Bidiford ~ Bedeford ~ Bediforda

Bideford, Devon in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

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.

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