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The long bridge of Bideford

Trans. Devon Assoc. vol. 34, (1902), pp. 223-264.


Alexander G Duncan

Prepared by Michael Steer

Bideford's Long Bridge is the town's most iconic structure. The original Bridge spanning the River Torridge and connecting the East and West of the town was built of timber in 1286. In 1474 the original structure was replaced by the masonry arch bridge seen today. It is thought that the 24 arches of the bridge are different sizes because they were paid for by local businessmen, the larger arches costing the most. In the first decade of the 17th century, the bridge trustees were taken to court by the people of Bideford for feasting and seeing plays with the trust funds. The people won the court case although it is unclear whether the trustees were forced to resign after the scandal. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the New York Public Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.


Atkinson, Mr 237-8, 240
Banbury, Samuel 259
Banfield, Mr William 248
Bartlett, Mr John 248
Berry, Lady 230
Blackwell, Mr Charles 249-50
Blinch, Richard 259
Bond, Mr 243-4
Bowen, Mr Henry 244
Brady, Mr 238
Brayley, Mr George 240, 246
Bryden, Mr 241
Buck, George Esq 235, 246, 257, 260
Buck, Rev Lewis 261
Buck, William Esq 260
Campbell, Sir John 236
Cannon, Mr 249
Chichester, Sir Arthur 230
Chichester Esq 230
Chope, Thomas 225
Cleveland, John Esq 260
Cleveland, Mr William 228, 230
Clyde, John 246
Cole, Harry 246
Cordwell, Richard 226
Darracott, Daniel 225
Davey, Captain 230
Davies, Charles Esq (Davie) 228-30
Davies, Joseph Esq 230
Davies, John 225
Dennis, James 253
Dingle, Mr 240
Docton, Mr William 230
Donn, Mr Benjamin 226, 229
Doubt, Philip 226
Dunard, Edward 225
Ebrey, Rev ___ 250
Ellis, Mr 243, 250
Follett, Sir William 236
Garrow, Peter 226
Gascoigne, Mr Nathaniel 227-8
Gearing, Abraham 225
George III 263
George IV 263
Giffard, Roger Esq 260
Giles, William 252
Gower, Lord 243-4, 256
Granville, Countess 243
Grant, Mr Thomas 236, 246
Green, Mr James 232
Groot, Richard 258
Hartley, Mr 238-9
Herbert, William 226
Hervie, Mr James 236, 239, 259
Heywood, E 246
Heywood, Thomas 246
Heywood, William Hamlyn Esq 260-1
Hogg, James 246
Hogg, John 246
Hookway, Mr R T 242
Hooper, Madame 230
Hooper, Sergeant 230
Horwood, James 259
Jackson, William B 246
James I 235
Jewell, John 229, 249
Joce, Thomas 225, 240
Kendall, Mr 231, 261
Lake, Mr 244
Lamb, Charles 242
Lavington, Samuel 246
Leache, Rev Samuel 225-6, 263
Ley, Mr 240
Loworthy, Mr 229
Luxton, Peter 225
Marks, John 225, 246
Marshall, Mr 248
Moase, Mr Rowland 232
Mudge, Mr Zachary 247
Napoleon 263
Nott, Samuel 226, 254
Page, Mr 238-40
Parminter, Mr Cornelius 243
Prideaux, Madame 230
Pridham, Mr 240
Richards, William 252
Roberts, Mr 247
Rooker, Mr 236, 240
Rowe, Grace 253
Rowe, Mr William 227
Saltren, Mr Thomas 230
Saul, Robert 243
Saunders, Mr 240
Shersbrooke, Anthony 226
Shule, Mr 226
Smith, Edward Esq 260
Smith, Thomas 246
Smith, Rev William 246, 263
Spooner, John Esq 260
Strange, Mr John 260
Strange, Mr William 229, 256, 260
Smyth, Stephen 260
Stuckley, Lewis Esq 256
Tite, Mr 238
Tregelles, Mr 237
Trott 229
Walker, Honor 246
Walters, Mr William 246, 249
Watkins 247
White, Mr Edward Martyn 239-40
White, Mr Richard 247-8
Whitfield, Rev John 263
Whittaker, Mr 238
Willcock, Mr John 246, 254
Willcock & Sons, Messrs 246
William & Mary 224, 226
Woolcombe, Madame 230
Wren, Edward 225, 227
Wren, Mr Robart 227, 254
Wrey, Lady 230