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|12||1||1860||John Andrews is gaoled for 6 months for stealing lead from Apps
Brewery in Littleham.
The Bible Christian chapel at Dyke, Clovelly is opened.
|19||1||1860||Voters in a South Molton town council election are given 3
pints of beer each to vote for the Tory candidates.
The Morthoe Clothing Club holds its annual distribution of funds.
|26||1||1860||The captain of the local ship Louisa Braginton is tried in
Liverpool for bringing Chilean political prisoners to the UK.
Weare Giffard School is opened.
|5||1||1860||The first issue of the Western Morning News is advertised in
South Molton, Torrington, Lynton and Braunton all discuss forming locally based Rifle Corps.
|11||10||1860||The Bideford Bridge Trust discusses widening their bridge.
South Molton town council are to build a fire proof room in the Town Hall to hold their records.
|18||10||1860||St.Mary Magdalen's churchyard in Barnstaple is so wet coffins
float before being buried.
An abandoned dead baby is found on Bideford Quay and this is said to be a 'frequent occurrence.'
|25||10||1860||Howe and Cushing's United States Equestrian Troupe visits South
Two silver bugles are presented to the Barnstaple Rifle Corps by the 'Ladies of Barnstaple.'
|4||10||1860||Jane Edmunds a Barnstaple prostitute is found drunk outside the
brothels in Queen Street.
The Star Inn in Ilfracombe's High Street is badly damaged by fire.
|1||11||1860||John Price 'swimming master' of Ilfracombe's 'bathing beach'
dies aged 58.
The Journal buys a complete new selection of lead type to give the paper 'a more attractive appearance.'
|15||11||1860||A court case re the will of Richard Miller of Winkleigh hears
that he was 'as mazed as a rattle' when he wrote it.
An Ilfracombe public meeting supports the building of a new market house.
|22||11||1860||A company is set up to build the Barnstaple-Ilfracombe
Jane Edmunds 'a prostitute living in an infamous den, at the entrance to Queen Street' in Barnstaple is fined £1 for abusive language.
|29||11||1860||Elizabeth Blight a Merton servant is tried for concealing the
birth of her illegitimate child.
Thomas Warren of Warkleigh 'The Champion of the Plough' writes to the Journal.
|8||11||1860||The cellars of Mr.Thorne's house in the Square, Barnstaple
flood at every high tide.
93 year old Dolcibella Tucker dies at Goodleigh - having been one of the earliest Methodists in Barnstaple.
|13||12||1860||The Wesleyan Day School at Derby in Barnstaple has 555 children
on its books.
A Public Inquiry is held into the decrease in salmon numbers in the River Torridge.
|20||12||1860||The Reverend Gossett sets up the Northam Penny Bank.
A son is born to Richard Heawood, 'Captain' of the Bideford Anthracite mine.
|27||12||1860||Skating takes place on the frozen River Taw at Barnstaple.
Mary Loosemore a servant at North Molton, dies in childbirth after being sacked for being pregnant.
|6||12||1860||Mr.Hayes late station master at Bideford is now station master
at Bombay, India.
Philip Gould, a miner, falls down the shaft of Watermouth Lead Mine at Berrynarbor and dies.
|16||2||1860||It is planned to replace 'the confusion, insecurity, and
exposure involved in the present primitive arrangement of South
A Bideford public meeting discusses plans to establish some 'Public Baths'.
|2||2||1860||Robert Cade an inmate of Bideford Workhouse dies in a lime kiln
at East-the-Water from fumes.
Torrington police superintendant William Cole dies aged 41 'after a lingering illness.'
|23||2||1860||51 parishes in North Devon petition Parliament to scrap the
Devon county police force.
Ilfracombe streets are infested with 'gangs of disorderly boys' smoking and pushing 'respectable people' off the pavements.
|9||2||1860||James Bowen of Appledore is appointed Captain of the Great
The new Bideford Rifle Corps choose green coloured uniforms.
|1||3||1860||The new Bideford Rifle Corps practice in the Pannier
A Braunton man who buys a 'bewitched' pig manages to lift the spell.
|15||3||1860||A new police station with 2 cells is to be built in Steppa
Lane, South Molton.
The Journal loses a libel case but damages are set at one farthing.
|22||3||1860||There are plans to link Exford Iron Mine on Exmoor to the sea
by a 7 mile long tram line.
Richard Hare of Appledore is said to have ridden a porpoise near the village.
|29||3||1860||A fight breaks out amongst 200 'countrymen' outside of Bideford
T.Cornish of Barnstaple publishes 5 tinted views of the town.
|8||3||1860||A court at South Molton hears that of the 6 houses in Berrydown
Cross hamlet 'four of them are beerhouses'.
William Marshall a travelling bookseller 'dies suddenly' at Shebbear.
|12||4||1860||South Molton teetotallers have 110 members and are to open a
An 8' long human skeleton is discovered on Lundy.
|19||4||1860||The lodging house run by Catherine Fewings in Bideford is said
to be a brothel.
Morthoe church is undergoing refurbishment.
|26||4||1860||A 'temporary' sideshow on Barnstaple Quay disrupts services at
Cross Street chapel.
P.c.William Weeks is dismissed for being found in a beerhouse at Clovelly.
|5||4||1860||Barnstaple Rifle Corps are given a shop in Butchers Row for
Isaac Stacey, a drunk, is placed in the stocks at Lynton.
|10||5||1860||A £5 reward is offered in Bideford for vandals destroying
shrubs along the river bank.
Barnstaple town council are to spend £150 on a new map of the town.
|17||5||1860||A new Post Office is to open in Bideford at 17 High Street.
An illegal cricket ground at Furze Down Hill on Torrington Commons is destroyed.
|24||5||1860||The rector of Holsworthy Christopher Clarkson is charged with
assaulting his wife's maid.
The new Bideford Rifle Corps discuss forming a band.
|3||5||1860||William Burrows a sailor and ex-policeman escapes from
Barnstaple prison using a clothes prop.
Hartland residents are said to 'still cling to old superstitions.'
|31||5||1860||The Torrington Female Friendly Society holds its AGM and 100
John Thomas replaces his father as the South Molton gravedigger.
|14||6||1860||The 'female mercantile assistants' of Northam and Appledore are
said to be 'celebrated dancers'.
Forty members of the new South Molton Rifle Corps swear the oath of allegiance.
|21||6||1860||A labourer collecting gull's eggs on Lundy falls from the
cliffs and dies.
P.c.John Snell of Torrington resigns and Mr.Searle of Bristol is chosen to take his place.
|28||6||1860||The Barnstaple borough police force is deemed 'inefficient' by
a Government inspector.
Five Bideford boys are gaoled for 12 hours for using obscene language.
|7||6||1860||The editor of the Journal suggests the need for a
'fuddleometer' in cases of drunkenness.
A foundling baby is left at Mrs.Popham's shop in Fore Street, Ilfracombe.
|12||7||1860||Mungo Henry 'a man of colour' who served 30 years in the Royal
Navy is arrested for drunkenness in Barnstaple.
Ilfracombe tourists arrive aboard a steamship in Clovelly being accompanied by a 'German band.'
|19||7||1860||The Rev.Henry Luxmoore whose sermons 'have not been marked by
brilliant oratory' leaves Barnstaple.
Mitchell Hunt and 3 other Winkleigh boys are fined 2/6 each for playing football near the Post Office.
|26||7||1860||An undertaker trying to save money sends a body to Exeter from
Barnstaple in a box labelled 'Glass' - he is fined £1.
Boys aged 12-14 are being taught sword drill by the Ilfracombe Rifle Corps Instructor.
|5||7||1860||The Rev.J.Chanter of Ilfracombe orders the removal of coloured
lettering on gravestones.
Women are 'engaged in discharging limestone' from boats at Appledore.
|16||8||1860||The South Molton Mounted Rifle Volunteers use part of the Town
Hall as their armoury.
G.Carter of Ilfracombe publishes a 'Penny Guide & Directory' for Ilfracombe and Lynton.
|2||8||1860||George Pearse of West Anstey is gaoled for 1 month for
A flag is presented to the Bideford Rifle Corps by Mrs.Keats.
|23||8||1860||Earl Fortescue visits the West of England Steam Biscuit Factory
on Barnstaple's Strand.
Bratton Fair only boasts 'one or two third rate exhibitions of glass-blowing, a learned pony etc.'
|30||8||1860||Mrs.Pettle a Torrington glovemaker hosts 50 of her mainly
female employees to tea.
Mary Broadway a gipsy is gaoled for 6 days for telling fortunes at Winkleigh.
|9||8||1860||12 year old James Ayre of South Molton is given 1 week in gaol
for scrumping apples.
A carriage containing 6 people is backed over Bideford Quay.
|13||9||1860||A disputed race at the Bideford Regatta leads to arrests after
fighting breaks out.
The flag of the old North Devon Militia is presented to Barnstaple town council by Earl Fortescue.
|20||9||1860||A Reading Room for Working Men is to be opened in
Barnstaple Fair features 'travelling theatres, clairvoyant lady, shooting galleries, Punch & Judy, panorama, a boxing booth etc.'
|27||9||1860||The Torrington police are asked to patrol the cemetery on
Sundays to control children who gather there.
Class distinctions are said to be rife between the 1st and 2nd Companies of the Barnstaple Rifle Corps
|6||9||1860||William Scoyne of Chittlehampton is fined 5/- for being drunk
in company with prostitutes in Myrtle Place, Barnstaple.
A resident of Lundy called Spearman shoots himself and is brought to Clovelly for treatment.
|13||1||1910||Mr.Hammond of Barnstaple patents a pipe which stops nicotine
entering the smoker's mouth.
The Tory Parliamentary candidate is booed for 20 minutes at Bideford Pannier Market.
|20||1||1910||A meeting in Barnstaple hears 'a vindication of the militant
tactics of the Suffragettes'
The Swimbridge tanning industry is said to be in decline.
|27||1||1910||John Woolf landlord of the Ship on Launch, Bideford is fined
for driving a cart without lights on the Quay.
The Appledore Working Men's Reading Room is said to be in a very flourishing state.
|6||1||1910||A £5 reward is offered for information about bribery
during the North Devon Parliamentary election.
Johanna Carvley is sent to an Exeter lunatic asylum from North Devon after trying to cut her throat.
|13||10||1910||Charles Bastow loses a finger working for the N.Devon Clay Co
and gets 40p per week compensation.
Stories that a Spanish Armada vessel was wrecked on Lundy are strenuously denied.
|20||10||1910||The Barnstaple Picturedrome shows a film of the 1910 Derby.
Northam council discuss the building of a new Marine Parade at Appledore.
|27||10||1910||A 'strikingly handsome bust' of Hugh Squier is unveiled at
Live acts supplement the short films at Barnstaple's 2 new cinemas.
|6||10||1910||The Barnstaple Picturedrome opens - the first cinema in North
A car runs backwards at Clovelly and its female passenger is injured.
|10||11||1910||Numbers 22-24 Union Street, Barnstaple are sold for £124
A patrol of Lynton Boy Scouts are mounted on Exmoor ponies - the first mounted unit in Britain.
|17||11||1910||Meetings are held in Ilfracombe's Gaiety Hall in favour of
votes for women.
Captain Cecil Chugg of Braunton is involved in a dispute over gravel digging in the estuary.
|24||11||1910||Bideford Music Hall is granted a cinematograph license.
William Vaughan & Son glovemakers of Torrington go bankrupt.
|3||11||1910||An 'iron church' is opened at Meddon - before this the services
were held in the West Country Inn.
Chulmleigh Carnival has a parade of decorated bicycles and prams.
|1||12||1910||The History of Barnstaple for Boys and Girls is published by
Miss Grace Inkson of Barnstaple publishes a book of fairy stories called The Magic Ring
|15||12||1910||No.83 High Street, Barnstaple is sold for £850.
A fire in Endicott's confectionary shop in South Molton's South Street is caught in time.
|22||12||1910||A huge storm hits North Devon, the Westward Ho! pebble ridge is
lowered 4 feet and shifted backwards 8-10 yards.
At Ilfracombe there is a tidal wave and Combe Martin Parade is wrecked.
|29||12||1910||Thomas Colwill the engineer at Vincent & Duncan's collar
factory in Bideford dies aged 64.
The Mayor of Barnstaple gives a free tea to 1000 poor children in the Market.
|8||12||1910||A letter published in the Journal says only the Liberals will
defend us from Socialism.
'Appledore rowdies' are cautioned to stop disrupting a meeting in support of the Liberal Parliamentary candidate in Northam.
|10||2||1910||D.Lille of Asha, Westward Ho! is made biologist in Captain
Scott's new South Polar expedition.
B.Chester, Master of the Barnstaple Staghounds breeds a pure white wolf at Fremington.
|17||2||1910||Lucy Chapple the 'Queen liar' of Derby in Barnstaple gives
evidence in a court case.
A new estate is started in Valley Road, Lynton and Belle Vue Avenue is laid out.
|24||2||1910||The Appledore-Instow ferry sinks and three people drown.
Conservatives boycott Liberal shopkeepers in North Devon after their candidate loses the General Election.
|3||2||1910||Tories stencil their Parliamentary candidate's name in red all
over Bideford's pavements.
The arms of a windmill at St.Brannock's, Braunton blow off and 'inconvenience a passing train.'
|10||3||1910||Ilfracombe cabmen ask that the no motor taxis are allowed for a
year 'to adapt themselves to the new style of conveyance.'
20 Appledore members of the Royal Naval Reserve are presented with long service medals.
|17||3||1910||William Whitfield the last Master Shipbuilder of Bideford dies
At Braunton 28 men stand for the 13 seats on the parish council.
|24||3||1910||A roller skating rink is opened at Appledore's Public Hall.
Sydney Harper of Barnstaple rediscovers the earliest map of the town which dates from 1584.
|3||3||1910||Bideford town council erect signs of 'red letters on white'
asking motorists to drive slowly through the town.
The Barnstaple Socialist Society stage a lecture on 'Socialism' in the town.
|31||3||1910||Lynton & Barnstaple Railway lose 1st Class fares 'due to
the increased use of motors in the district.'
Morte Point is presented to the National Trust by Rosalie Chichester.
|14||4||1910||One acre of market garden land at Combe Martin sells for
Braunton parish council give permission for an 'artillery camp' of 600 men to be held on Braunton Burrows.
|21||4||1910||Fred Lee a 12 year old is knocked down by a car at Abbotsham
A new skating rink/entertainment hall is opened at the eastern end of Ilfracombe's Promenade shops.
|28||4||1910||There are many complaints 'in regard to the filthy language
used in Green Lane' Barnstaple.
The widening of Bideford's Barnstaple Street costs £1749.
|7||4||1910||Lynton Post Office is 'like going into a rabbit-hole or a fried
fish shop' according to a councillor.
The Torrington District Nurse has a breakdown through overwork even though a bicycle is bought to help her on her rounds.
|12||5||1910||The ancient butcher's shop at the bottom of Pilton Street is
King George V is proclaimed throughout North Devon.
|19||5||1910||Speeding local drivers are denounced - many of whom drive fast
'simply for a lark'.
A whirlwind hits Broad Street, South Molton and snaps a flagstaff.
|26||5||1910||Nicklin & Sons of Barnstaple are granted a licence for
cinematograph shows for a year.
The Plough Inn, Fore Street, Torrington is closed.
|5||5||1910||The foundation stone of a new Baptist manse is laid at
May Day is celebrated at Appledore by children parading the streets with maypoles.
|16||6||1910||Sir George Newnes - 'Lynton's Noblest Benefactor' - dies.
Bideford council are to erect a grandstand on the Quay for the Regatta.
|2||6||1910||Northam council are to borrow £1200 to construct a
'Marine Parade' at Appledore.
165 new houses have been built in Lynton since 1901.
|23||6||1910||Skittles is becoming so popular that there is talk of a North
Combe Martin Boy Scouts are issued with uniforms.
|30||6||1910||12 Bible Christians are publicly baptised in the Taw at
Hinks & Son of Appledore launch their first ever catamaran - it is called Jack & Jill
|9||6||1910||Two car drivers are fined £2 each for exceeding the 20
mph limit in North Devon.
W.Dyer of Braunton's Cycle Works builds a sand-yacht for a tourist staying at Saunton.
|14||7||1910||An inspection of Appledore Church School reveals 7 boys with no
A Royal Navy cruiser, 2 destroyers and 3 submarines arrive at Ilfracombe.
|21||7||1910||A new tower and bells are dedicated at Beaford at a cost of
Councillor Chope of Bideford suggests new gates for the town's Victoria Park.
|28||7||1910||A Chittlehampton man has 4 sons - all named George.
Arthur Stocks, a Lundy farmer, is bankrupted by gambling debts.
|7||7||1910||P.c.Pearse says Barnstaple's Elizabeth Turner is 'the most
disgusting woman he had ever heard in his life'.
An inquiry is held into the High Bickington parish charities.
|11||8||1910||Barnstaple Labour Exchange opens in the Market Hall.
R.Downing of Horwood is made chief designer of Dennis Bros'. fire engines.
|18||8||1910||John Ward is accused at Ilfracombe of trying to marry his dead
Miss Chichester lays the foundation stone of a new church at Woolacombe.
|25||8||1910||An arsonist leaves behind fingerprints at a fire in Tuly
Street, Barnstaple which police hope to use to capture him.
A motor charabanc crashes in to the Torridge Inn in Meddon Street, Bideford.
|4||8||1910||Lynton council discuss whether to make electricity available at
night as well as during the day.
A Bideford cyclist crashes through a plate glass window at the bottom of Gunstone.
|1||9||1910||A photographer climbs scaffolding surrounding St.Peter's church
steeple in Barnstaple to take 'bird's eye' shots.
Torrington Boy Scouts are founded.
|15||9||1910||The new Roman Catholic Convent and church at Lynton is
The manager of Barnstaple's Theatre Royal is given a cinematograph licence.
|22||9||1910||At Torrington signposts are erected 'for the benefit of
The number of tramps in Bideford workhouse falls as 'soft' stones they have to break are changed to granite.
|29||9||1910||A Mr.Grant is contracted to build a fish pass at Beam Weir,
It is reported that'as many as thirty cars visit Lynton daily.'
|8||9||1910||The Motor Union offer 10 free 'speeding' signs to Barnstaple
Rural District Council.
A new organ is installed at Hartland's parish church.
|14||1||1960||Bideford town council fight moves by Devon County Council to
take over the town's water supply.
180 attend the 30th annual Lynton & Lynmouth children's party.
|21||1||1960||One of the faces of Northam's church clock is blown off by
South Molton town council try to make the town more attractive to caravaners.
|28||1||1960||Barnstaple police introduce a new radar speed meter.
Torrington girls are being trained to hand crochet baby clothes ahead of a new factory arriving.
|7||1||1960||Barnstaple Football Club cannot afford its 13 players' wages
which total £55 per week.
Burrington's new village hall is opened at a cost of £8000.
|13||10||1960||Braunton teenagers ask to use an old air raid shelter as a
Instow Primary School is finally supplied with electricity.
|20||10||1960||Film star Anna Neagle attends a charity ball in Chulmleigh.
A gas explosion tears through the Bicclescombe Hospital nurses' home in Ilfracombe.
|27||10||1960||A 15 year old Bideford girl is hit by lightning during a
A Torrington butcher dies after being accidentally electrocuted in his shop.
|6||10||1960||Plans to build a North Devon Crematorium at a cost of
£45,000 are finalised.
South Molton Swimming Pool Committee investigate solar energy as a way of heating their pool.
|10||11||1960||North Devon Library Service buy copies of Lady Chatterley's
Lover but only for loan to adults.
Fireworks are thrown amongst the Torrington Silver Band whilst they play for a bonfire party.
|17||11||1960||Ilfracombe Rotary Club raise £1500 to save St.Nicholas'
Chapel on Lantern Hill.
Woolacombe parish council is to remove wartime iron spikes on the beach.
|24||11||1960||Ilfracombe hoteliers call for a heliport in the resort to
overcome road and rail hold-ups.
The Holsworthy Carnival Queen appears with a hot water bottle as it is so cold during the parade.
|3||11||1960||A proposed camping site at Mortehoe is rejected by the parish
16 DUKWs based in Fremington travel to Exeter to help in the floods there.
|1||12||1960||Bromley's café in Bideford's High Street is to become a
new Co-op food store.
A Lynton bootmaker applies for permission to open the resort's first betting shop.
|15||12||1960||200 temporary PO staff are taken on in North Devon to handle
the Christmas post.
Mole Valley Farmers is inaugurated in South Molton under J.James.
|22||12||1960||Famous author Negley Farson dies at Croyde aged 70.
Peter Brough and 'Archie Andrews' his ventriloquist doll appear at the Regal Cinema in Barnstaple.
|29||12||1960||A new Torridge bridge at Bideford is 'a very distant
Swimbridge church spire is hit by lightning.
|8||12||1960||Huge floods inundate Taddiport, Bideford, Combe Martin and
The locally filmed Rockets in the Dunes is premiered at Saunton.
|11||2||1960||Combe Martin seafront is described as 'a disgrace to the
North Devon Golf Club at Westward Ho! agree to the shooting of foxes on their course.
|18||2||1960||A.Harman, owner of Lundy, presents plans to make the island a
British Rail announce they have no plans to stop goods trains to Ilfracombe.
|25||2||1960||A parish poll in Bridgerule sees 177 vote to stay in Devon
against 10 who want to join Cornwall.
An Ilfracombe bubble-car driver is fined £5 for driving without due care.
|4||2||1960||North Devon clergy are given a pay rise - to £675 a
The Clinton Almshouses at Torrington are described as 'dark, damp and dingy'.
|10||3||1960||The landlord of the Blackmorr Gate Hotel gets a licence to
allow customers to watch TV in the bar on Sundays.
Councillors call for controls on parking in Torrington which has become 'indiscriminate'.
|17||3||1960||Three soldiers drown in amphibious tank trials at Westward
Catches of herrings at Ilfracombe are said to be the 'best for years'.
|24||3||1960||Messrs. Jantzen, swimsuit makers of Barnstaple, announce they
are to hire another 100 workers.
Instow residents fear their beach will disappear if gravel digging in the estuary continues.
|3||3||1960||Bideford's vicar warns that 'godlessness is rampant in the
little white town.'
The Landkey Men's Club is to be converted into a village hall.
|31||3||1960||Barnstaple Grammar School pupils festoon the town with placards
about their Rag Day - and 'dress' Queen Anne's statue.
Chulmleigh farmers consider 'bunging up Picadilly' with tractors in protest at food price cuts.
|13||4||1960||The Fortescue family have to sell 20 farms to meet death
Bideford town council can find no-one to make a new town crier's uniform.
|21||4||1960||The Lundy supply vessel the Gannet has to be rescued by the
Three houses at Pilton 'all in good condition' are for sale at £625 the three.
|28||4||1960||A row of 12 new shops is to be erected in Queen Street,
Barnstaple at a cost of £100,000.
100 Saunton residents are 'extras' in the film 'Rockets in the Dunes' filmed in the village.
|7||4||1960||Westward Ho! is experiencing a boom as 4 new shops open in the
Elmscott Post Office at Hartland closes.
|12||5||1960||The entire Torrington Civil defence unit resigns following
arguments with the Exeter HQ.
North Devon Archaeology Society resumes excavations at Blackmore Gate.
|19||5||1960||The Lynton cliff railway is derailed but none of the 20
passengers are injured.
Plans by the Royal North Devon Golf Club to build houses in Golf Links Road at Westward Ho! are rejected.
|26||5||1960||1168 British Legion members march through South Molton.
A Berrynarbor man objects to a campsite near him saying he has already seen 'nudist' campers there.
|5||5||1960||South Molton residents vote 6 to 1 to allow cinemas to open on
Braunton 'skittlers' complain that the Journal gives too much coverage to football.
|16||6||1960||Knowstone Moor near Witheridge is destroyed by fire.
Bob Masters of Yarnscombe wins £5000 in a 'Sunday Pictorial' true war story competition.
|2||6||1960||The War Office is to increase the use of Instow beach by Army
vehicles from 60 to 840 per month.
Bideford is to allow water-skiing in the harbour.
|23||6||1960||The m.v.Ron Woolaway sinks a week after being commissioned to
'suck' sand from the Bristol Channel.
Fremington women are damaging their stiletto shoes on poorly maintained local roads.
|30||6||1960||Brook House in Croyde burns down.
Barnstaple Grammar School girls are to be allowed to wear pleated rather than straight skirts.
|9||6||1960||Barnstaple Shoveha'penny League claim their game is more
popular than TV.
Ilfracombe refuse tip is 'smelling to high heaven.'
|14||7||1960||James Dennis & Co. win permission to build houses in
Braunton's Caen Field.
A TV programme 'Life at Eighty' is filmed in Ilfracombe's Victoria Pavilion.
|21||7||1960||A Canadian railwayman inherits a baronetcy after Sir William
Williams of Heanton dies.
The closure of the school at St.Giles in the Wood is being considered.
|28||7||1960||Conservatives act to stop Exmoor being planted with trees.
The chairman of Holsworthy NFU is fined £20 for defrauding the Ministry of Agriculture.
|7||7||1960||A drunken reveller climbs to the top of the fountain in
Torrington Square breaking off 2 stone finials.
Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen appear at the Queen's Hall, Barnstaple.
|11||8||1960||Yelland power station's 2 chimneys are raised by 44' to cut
A new 600 cc Norton motorcycle is on sale at Bideford for £288.
|18||8||1960||4 North Devonians are chosen for the Rome Olympic Games - Bruce
Tulloh, Brian Kent-Smith, Alexander Lindsay and Bertie Hill.
A £500,000 plan to protect the Westward Ho! pebble ridge is announced by Northam town council.
|25||8||1960||Herbert Waldron of Torrington becomes the National Champion
Town Crier for the third time.
Ilfracombe could get more tourists if it changed its name a councillor suggests.
|4||8||1960||South Molton residents vote to build a swimming pool at a cost
Sutcombe church is badly damaged by fire.
|1||9||1960||Large areas of Barnstaple and Landkey are flooded by heavy
Two Dutch barns and their contents are destroyed by fire at Cross Farm, Braunton.
|15||9||1960||Tourists in Combe Martin complain about the number of 'dirty
postcards' on sale in the resort.
Mortehoe parish council rule there are 2 'e's' in their village's name.
|22||9||1960||Bideford shopkeepers reject ideas of a 5 day week for local
Barnstaple Carnival is said to be 'the biggest, best and brightest' since the war.
|29||9||1960||Mrs.Mary King of Combe Martin claims to have travelled in a
Martian spaceship which landed in the village.
Barnstaple Free Church Council restate their opposition to Sunday football games.
|8||9||1960||150 strikers at the Appledore shipyard of P.K.Harris ignore a
union call to return to work.
Westdown holds its first carnival for 14 years and the large number of entries astounds everyone.
|10||1||1985||Ilfracombe Pier is condemned as unsafe and is said to have a
maximum life of just 5 years.
1000 young trees are planted by conservation volunteers in the Kenwith Valley at Bideford.
|17||1||1985||The Taw Vale Beagles hunt at Chulmleigh is targeted by 3
minibuses of protestors.
Ilfracombe is chosen as the new 'nerve centre' for the North Devon police force.
|24||1||1985||A Bideford teacher with a slipped disc continues to teach
students who gather round her sick bed.
The rail line at Fremington Quay is ripped up and removed.
|3||1||1985||A detached 3 bedroomed 'character residence' in Lynton is for
sale at £39,500.
John Born retires after 64 years working for Barnstaple solicitors Pitts-Tucker.
|31||1||1985||The Bond family of Bideford give up the licence of the
Ship-on-Launch pub after 71 years.
Plans to build a marina, a fishing quay, a cable car and establish a new ferry to Bristol are announced for Ilfracombe.
|10||10||1985||Princess Anne visits the Broomhayes school for autistic
children at Northam.
Plans for a £200,000 conference and concert. Hall in Lynton are rejected.
|17||10||1985||Striking teachers at Barnstaple's Park and Pilton Schools are
joined by their pupils.
Bill Cumming of the Appledore Inn in Bideford presents a new town crier's bell to the town council.
|24||10||1985||Plans by Prudential Assurance to redevelop Gammon Lane in
Barnstaple are given the go-ahead.
The BBC film 'Unfinished Business', a mystery with Tom Bell, in Westward Ho!
|3||10||1985||19 strips of the Braunton Great Field are sold at auction.
South Molton town council refuse permission for donkeys to graze on the town's recreation ground.
|31||10||1985||Locals demand a swimming pool instead of squash courts at
Holsworthy's new sports hall.
Bishops Nympton is to get its pub back after 16 'dry' years.
|14||11||1985||NDDC is attacked for painting 'the worst possible picture' of
Ilfracombe and its future.
Work starts on turning the derelict Barnstaple-Bideford rail line into the Tarka Trail.
|21||11||1985||The stand at the Bideford Football Club is declared to be
The Kendall surgical stocking factory in Braunton takes on 40 new staff.
|28||11||1985||The m.v.Oldenburg is purchased as the new Lundy service
A group of unemployed tackle dereliction in Ilfracombe's Fore Street under a government scheme.
|7||11||1985||Ten North Devon Meat lorries at Torrington are smashed up by
'animal rights' activists.
Wishbone Ash play the Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple.
|12||12||1985||5000 Torridge residents are to be charged 10p a week for their
NDDC are to lease out the old town railway station as a restaurant.
|19||12||1985||Barnstaple curate, the Rev.Geoffrey Squire, suggests the town
hold an annual 'Festival Week'.
A 2 bedroom modern terraced house in Brauinton is on the market at £29,950.
|24||12||1985||Braunton School is chosen as the site for an all-weather
The government announce the route of the Link Road to by-pass both Barnstaple and Bideford.
|5||12||1985||William Kent, the last of North Devon's World War One 'Old
Contemptibles' dies aged 93.
Appledore British Legion demands that the village war memorial is renovated.
|14||2||1985||A 650 ton concrete caisson made at Appledore's Richmond Dock is
placed in the River Torridge as the base for the Torridge
Torrington clergy decide not to hold a Remembrance Day service in the church.
|21||2||1985||Torrington's 'Black Madonna' is allowed to stay in the town's
Emma Nicholson is chosen as the prospective Tory candidate for Torridge.
|28||2||1985||Demolition work begins at Dornat's factory in Tuly Street,
Barnstaple - the site for a new library.
The closed Savoy Cinema in South Molton re-opens as an architectural antiques shop.
|7||2||1985||Plans are announced to build a weather radar station on
Some 7227 people are registered as unemployed in North Devon.
|14||3||1985||Torrington Golf Club accounts show it to be £15000 in the
A cob-built cottage at Hatherleigh collapses whilst its owner is out.
|21||3||1985||A prefabricated wooden chalet is lowered into place by crane at
A 'sponsored plough' by Bradworthy YFC raises £100 for an eye scanner.
|28||3||1985||The chairman of Bideford Football Club resigns after his
vice-chairman throws beer over him.
Crow Point at Braunton is seriously endangered by erosion.
|7||3||1985||Plans to build a 'Crystal Palace' in Barnstaple's Green Lane
are threatened by a new out-of-town development.
Appledore children petition to keep dogs off the Anchor Park play area.
|11||4||1985||The contractors providing heavy earth moving vehicles for the
Bideford by-pass go bankrupt.
The 'new look shopping street' at Lynmouth is officially opened.
|18||4||1985||The theft of all the number '6' hymn numbers from Woolacombe
church is blamed on Satanists.
Work begins to replace storm damaged trees in the Heddon Valley.
|25||4||1985||The Tyrolean Beer Garden at Westward Ho! has its licence
withheld for underage drinking.
Conservationists fight to save the old stone built abattoir opposite Shaplands in Barnstaple.
|4||4||1985||A massive landslip at Bickington leaves houses at danger of
Ilfracombe's town clerk collapses at a meeting when told her salary is being cut by 25%.
|16||5||1985||Plans are announced to redevelop the old wharves in Bideford
The 34 bedroom Beacon Castle Hotel at Ilfracombe burns down.
|2||5||1985||Hatherleigh parish council announce plans to redesign the
Oranges are used by South West Water to map currents in Bideford Bay.
|23||5||1985||Eight protestors are arrested at a demonstration against a
nuclear waste ship launched at Appledore.
Dave Clemence coxswain of the Ilfracombe lifeboat is awarded a medal for saving a ketch and its crew.
|30||5||1985||Littleham residents campaign to stop their village becoming a
A new Abbeyfield home for the elderly is opened in South Molton.
|9||5||1985||The Braund family society unveil a plaque to their forefathers
at Bucks Mills.
A new company announce plans to start greyhound racing in Bideford's Sports Ground.
|13||6||1985||100 gypsies camp on land at Whiddon Valley and at Clark's
factory in Barnstaple.
Plans are announced to demolish the old school in Higher Gunstone, Bideford.
|20||6||1985||Appledore traders complain that new road signs divert visitors
to Westward Ho! and away from them.
South Molton charities send large quantities of aid to help starving people in Eritrea, East Africa.*
|27||6||1985||A new explosives factory at Knowstone is the subject of a
The CEGB are to bury 700 tons of asbestos in sealed chambers on the site of the Yelland power station.
|6||6||1985||South Molton council decides to ban parking in the Square.
A parish poll in Knowstone on the future of their village hall sees a turnout of 85%.
|11||7||1985||Holsworthy is 'dying' through lack of new building according to
its councillor Wilfred Trace.
The skeleton of a Napoleonic French P.o.W. is found in Clovelly Road, Bideford.
|18||7||1985||500 men begin a 3 month voluntary lay-off at Appledore
Shipbuilders because of a lack of orders.
Bishops Nympton farmer George Osment sets off on a round-the-world motorbike ride.
|25||7||1985||The Landmark Trust is to replace its Lundy service boat the
Users of Barnstaple's Cattle Market pledge to fight any moves to close it down.
|4||7||1985||North Devon Scouts protest at an Ilfracombe show called
'Scouting for Boys'.
Northam town council demand that the public coastal path between Bideford and Appledore is re-instated.
|1||8||1985||A Bideford girl, Zoe Slade, becomes Carnival Princess of
A Birmingham firm plans to run Saturday markets in South Molton's Market Hall.
|15||8||1985||The 14th Barnstaple Round Table Raft Race in the R.Taw attracts
The actor Sir John Mills opens Filleigh Fete.
|22||8||1985||Barnstaple is hit by a massive wave of shoplifting.
Combe Martin rejects a plan to build 45 Spanish-style villas in the village.
|29||8||1985||Shapland & Petter oppose plans to 'list' their buildings as
this will stop their planned expansion.
A group of Chinese scientists are to visit the wind turbine at Ilfracombe.
|8||8||1985||The Torridge Riparian Owners complain of illegal netting of
salmon by poachers.
A cherry tree is planted in Barnstaple's Rock Park to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
|12||9||1985||Ilfracombe councillor Charles Disney disrupts a meeting of the
NDDC Planning Committee.
The centenary of the Law Memorial Homes at Bishops Tawton is celebrated.
|19||9||1985||The Torrington Town Lands Charity sells 2 acres of land at
Prideaux Meadow for £106,000.
A white donkey is born at Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe.
|26||9||1985||A glass ball used to record sunlight hours is stolen from
Capstone Hill, Ilfracombe.
14 unemployed North Devonians are to work on Lundy for 6 months restoring walls.
|5||9||1985||The Radio 1 Roadshow hosted by Steve Wright is staged on
Plans to run a civilian air service between Chivenor, Exeter and London are announced.
Last updated 27 Dec 2010 - Brian Randell.
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