Category: Woolacombe History


Parade House, Woolacombe

Once the home of Rosalie Chichester, Parade House has been turned into luxury self catering holiday lets, John and Briony who have a deep affinity with Woolacombe and all it has to offer, tell us more about the renovation of…

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Woolacombe Housing Estate – Arlington Place (1948)

1st January 1948 WOOLACOMBE HOUSING ESTATE Mrs. J. E. Pile Performs Opening Ceremony An interesting Christmastide ceremony was the formal opening of Woolacombe’s new housing estate. The ceremony was performed by Mrs. J. E. Pile, the wife of the senior…

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Bungalow Cafe Restaurant – known today as the Red Barn (1906)

North Devon Journal – Thursday 31 May 1906 Bungalow Café Restaurant at Woolacombe Under this title a new refreshment room was opened at Woolacombe on Monday by Mr G. Southcombe of Ilfracombe. The building is a fine detached block, right…

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Gateway to Paradise Trickling stream that divides two world

Gateway to Paradise Trickling stream that divides two worlds Friday 25th Jan 1935 By S. P. B. Mains As I am for the greater part of the year moving rapidly about the English country – I always make it a…

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Inauguration of Woolacombe’s Water Scheme (1905)

4th August 1905 Red Letter Day Morte Hoe and Woolacombe, two of the most popular watering places in the North Devon coast, were Tuesday given over to a public holiday, the occasion being the inauguration of the splendid new supply…

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Woolacombe School Celebrates 100 years

January 13th 1916 Woolacombe New School Opened by Miss Chichester, of Arlington. On Monday 11th January, the staff and children of Woolacombe School celebrated its centenary. 100 years previously, 11th January 1916, amidst the events of World War 1, the…

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Woolacombe Improvements (1946)

22 August 1946 Woolacombe Improvements No “Miniature Blackpool” The recent announcement in the “Journal-Herald” that Messrs, Parkin Amusements were embarking on a £50,000 scheme for Woolacombe was received with mixed feelings in the resort, the inhabitants visualizing the creation as…

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The Narracott – Steve Brown

Local estate agent, auctioneer and now writer Steve Brown is ‘Woolacombe born and bred’, representing the third generation of one of the oldest ‘boarding house’ families in the village. In his first book, he relates with warmth and humour the…

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Woolacombe – A short history, by Sarah Prankerd

An area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance which it is desirable to preserve or enhance Woolacombe is one of these. When you live in an area you often forget the breathtaking scenery and natural beauty…

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