Bideford


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Bideford

(bĭd`əfərd), town (1985 est. 12,300), Devon, SW England, on the Torridge estuary. Formerly a major seaport, it still maintains some foreign trade (timber is imported) and has a boatbuilding industry. Tourism and the manufacture of gloves and concrete products are other important industries. Bideford supplied ships used in the defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588) and was a port of embarkation for colonists going to America. It also participated in the colonial tobacco and salt-fish trade. A 24-arch stone bridge dating from the 15th cent. spans the Torridge estuary.
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The yacht was then in the Bristol Channel, at the entrance to Bideford Bay.
There are letters waiting for me at Bideford," he said.
Off the port of Bideford, the boat was sent ashore to the post-office, the yacht standing off and on, waiting the appearance of the letters.
After a fish and chip supper in an oldfashioned, but friendly, harbour-side restaurant in Ilfracombe, we headed back to our home for the week at Park Resorts' Bideford Bay site.
Cindy Grice, who with her husband Jeff manages the schooner for the Clarke family of Bideford, Devon, said: "We understand Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter will be filming onboard.
LOVE YOUR GARDEN ITV 8pm Alan Titchmarsh (left) and the team make over a garden for the Woods family in Bideford, Devon.
Pipers from Newport, Swansea and Bideford took part in the Armed Forces Day parade.
Music filled the streets as pipers from Newport, Swansea and Bideford and the s-Hertogenbosch Brass Band, from Holland, joined the parade.
James Atkinson, from Bideford in Devon, was hoping for a tickle but surpassed most of his hopes when he hooked into this 17lb 8oz undulate ray.
Officers were called to reports of an overturned pleasure boat at Bideford Bar in North Devon at 11.
Falmouth Coastguard said the woman failed to make contact with relatives on Sunday evening as expected, having left the Cornish port of Mousehole to head north to Bideford in Devon at around 6.
Statoil and its partners have entered into contracts for use of the Bideford Dolphin, Stena Don and Scarabeo 5 rigs on the Norwegian continental shelf.