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The Victorian novelist Charles Kingsley described Bideford as "The Little White Town which slopes upward from its broad river tide " . Indeed, little has changed from when Kingsley lived in the area nearly 150 years ago much of its architecture and historic associations are still with us. Kingsley's statue, located adjacent to the Tourist Information Centre, serves as a permanent reminder of this famous resident and the time he spent here writing part of his well-known novel Westward Ho!

Today, Bideford is both a thriving market town and working port with much to offer visitors to the region. Amongst the many buildings and places of interest you will find the historic covered Pannier Market, dating from 1883, which holds a market every Tuesday and Saturday. Alongside the history you will find modern shopping amenities, a wide choice of clubs, bars and restaurants, entertainment and a tremendous range of visitor attractions for the young and not so young!

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Bideford like its larger sister Barnstaple has a Pannier market with its own Butchers Row. Local farmers still bring their diary produce to sell. Craft stalls proved added interest for the browser.

Bideford Long Bridge, spanning the River Torridge. with its 24 spans, all different, though widened in the 18th, 19th and early 20th Centuries dates from Medieval times. The original bridge was oak, like its masonry sucessor's with 24 spans, founded upon an ancient causeway. Loose stone was placed around the timber footings, forming scour protection known as stirling, some of which is still visible today. In around 1474 work began on what is one of the finest and longest span (677 feet) arch bridges in the Country. Later additions included widening the bridge to provide a footpath. In Victorian times replacing the stone parapets with cast iron, themselves replaced with masonry in the 1920's. In the Burton Art Gallery, along the Quay, a particularly fine and detailed scale model of the bridge through the ages, with churches at each end.

Bridgeland Street with its 17th Century Merchant's Houses, dates from the time in the 16th and 17th Centuries when Bideford was one of the busiest ports in England (in fact the 3rd largest) , handling cargoes of all kinds, including a lucrative trade in tobacco and cotton from the New World. The Quay has recently been widened as part of a Flood Defence Scheme lined with trees it makes a particularly pleasant spot to sit and watch the world go by. Or watch the few local fishing boats land their catch, or cargo boats being loaded.

Down river where "the two rivers meet" of Henry Williamsons' Tarka the Otter famous novel is so picturesque.

 

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