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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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Humble beginnings to global empire The Cory family came originally from Bideford, Devon, and following modest beginnings with a small vessel trading between Cardiff, Bristol and Ireland, John's father Richard (1799 -1882) opened a chandlery and provisions store in Cardiff in the 1830s, a time when the town (as it was then) and its commerce were still comparatively small, to take advantage of the rapidly growing shipping industry.
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Mr Clarke, 62, who runs a plant hire company at Bideford, Devon, wants the vessel to stay in the UK, preferably in Liverpool.
Hamilton was being ferried from a pub in Bideford, Devon, where he had been knocked down, to a hospital in nearby Barnstaple in June 2010.
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An inquest in December heard that teenagers from Edgehill College, Bideford, Devon, begged teacher Chris Fuller to let them come off the moor but he told them to carry on.
Dear Editor, A Mr Neville Hackett of Bideford, Devon, wrote the following: "Obituary - common sense.
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