Tenders were invited for the rebuilding of South Molton church. Fire also completely destroys Edgehill College in Bideford. The first section of the recreation area later to be known as Rock Park is opened to the public at Barnstaple. Mrs Isaac’s house near Huntshaw Cross is burgled and her servant visits the ‘White Witch’ at Chulmleigh to see if she can locate the stolen property. A Volunteer Artillery Corps is formed at Ilfracombe. Northam town council bid to regain the freehold of Northam Burrows. In Appledore battles between Roman Catholics and Protestants occur.

A Barnstaple pub is found to be floored with gravestones ‘bartered for drink’ by the parish sexton. The foundation stone of a new Church of England chapel at Appledore is laid. Tenders are invited to build a new ‘Dock’ at Instow. Barnstaple Labour Exchange opens in the Market Hall. Parnell, drowns at the Tunnels, Ilfracombe 5 10 Moses Smith ‘a coloured man’ living in Barnstaple is allowed to keep his right to vote. It has ‘working-class’ shareholders. Combe Martin Boy Scouts are issued with uniforms. Cornish of Barnstaple publishes 5 tinted views of the town.

A labourer at Witheridge drinks pints of cider over six days whilst mowing grass.

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A major fire in Asstor destroys 34 houses and shops in and around Portland Street in Ilfracombe. The market is moved to the bottom of Meddon Street in barnetaple meantime. Torridge faces a barrage of complaints over modern style lights erected in Bideford town hall – they are removed. The CEGB are to bury tons of asbestos in sealed chambers on the site of the Yelland power station. In order to stop sand blowing across the road at Instow yards of posts ‘entwined with brushwood and furze’ are erected along the sand-hills.


Compulsory purchase orders are served on householders in Willet Street, Bideford prior to demolition. Scandal is created when both sexes attend a lecture on prostitution in Bideford. The Vicar of Braunton demands the key to the Parish Room where the parish council meets. Cinemw dumping in Muddlebridge Pond, Fremington is to continue despite protests.

A huge storm hits North Devon blowing down various buildings and the pinnacle of Holy Trinity church in Barnstaple.

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A parish poll in Bridgerule sees vote to stay in Devon against 10 who want to join Cornwall. In Bideford the Pill, an arm of the estuary, is culverted. Richard Welch of Little Torrington is gaoled for 2 weeks for leaving his 3 children in Torrington Workhouse. Grace Gorwill dies at Torrington aged 86 after spending 78 years as a servant to the Friendship family.

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The North Devon Journal-Herald switches from machine typesetting to computer production. The first Peace Day is held. The Ilfracombe Coloured Troupe fife and drum band’ give a concert.

The referee at a Barnstaple-Bideford football match is stoned by the crowd. North Devon Conservatives buy a computer to help fight the next election.

The first local casualties are reported when Captain Thomas Wickham a Bideford Territorial serving with the Manchester Regiment is killed in the first week of September. A vein of quicksilver is discovered under Torrington Square and a local man ‘silvers’ a mirror with it. Sticklepath railway bridge is strengthened with pre-stressed concrete girders.

The vicar of South Molton introduces a new hymn book called Hymns Ancient and Modern which ‘occasioned a violent controversy’. Combe Martin rejects a barnnstaple to build 45 Spanish-style villas in the village. The local Volunteer Rifles and special constables bring the town back to order. Work begins on building a new block of shops in Barnstaplr Street, Braunton.


It cijema reported that ‘as many as thirty cars visit Lynton daily.

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A letter writer points to the need for a roof over South Molton market to protect the female stallholders. The cellars of Mr. Bonfires are lit across the area to celebrate King Edward’s coronation – unfortunately it is not held as he is taken ill.

The foundation stone of a new Independent chapel is laid at Northam. At Tawstock a village ‘Coal Club’ distributes 40 tons of coal to poor labourers. A barbstaple case in Bideford deals with limestone cargoes landed at Cleave Houses for the local limekiln. The Lynton cliff railway is derailed but none of the 20 passengers are injured.

The Matron of the North Devon Infirmary resigns after she is caught stealing the hospital’s money. A ‘Mock Mayor’ is elected in South Molton as a spoof on the real one. Local woodworkers and bakers go on strike for better wages – both groups win.

The old stocks kept in Barnstaple churchyard are so decayed that someone burns them as useless lumber. A traveller from Ilfracombe manages to arrive in London in just 11 hours.