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Unveiling of Mortehoe War Memorial – 13th May 1920

Erected in a prominent position in the Parish Churchyard, the memorial to the fallen from the parish, subscribed for by the parishioners and friends, was unveiled and dedicated on Sunday afternoon in ideal weather. There was a large assemblage present to witness and take part in the touching ceremony. The children from various day and…

Woolacombe Weavers (1938)

The girl weavers of Woolacombe find their craft slimming.  “Weaving exercises so many muscles,” explained grey-eyed brunette Miss R. Woollan.  “You are always moving legs and arms. Glade here almost fades away when we are working at full winter pressure.”  She had nodded at her partner, Eton-cropped, curly haired Miss Glade. The partners met at Reading…

Eating, Drinking & Dancing – The Chichester Arms (1841)

North Devon Journal – Thursday 07 January 1841 Offence against Ale House Licence – Rev. J. D. Ness, rector of Mortehoe, exhibited a complaint against George Irwin Keeper of the “Chichester Arms” public house in Mortehoe for permitting drunkenness and disorderly conduct in his premises on the 27thDecember. The charge was supported by the evidence of three…

Mortehoe & Woolacombe As Seen by A Rambler (1886)

A wonderful depiction of Woolacombe & Mortehoe, as seen by a rambler travelling to the area in 1886. Arriving at Mortehoe Station, he tells of his journey down the hills to Woolacombe, through to Mortehoe and eventually to Lee Bay. A truly lovely way to see the area through somebody else’s eyes some 132 years…

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 representative of Morte-Hoe on Barnstaple Rural District Council. The estate has been named Arlington Place…

Mortehoe visit (1861)

17th January 1861 MORTHOE. Lady Bruce Chichester has paid her accustomed New Year visit to this place, and was gladly welcomed by the poor of the parish, who were supplied from her ladyship’s ample stores clothing, suitable to the present season. After having supplied in a liberal manner their necessities in this respect, ample provision…

Mortehoe (1859)

Mortehoe – North Devon Journal – 14th July 1859 The native beaches of this delightful spot are attracting numerous and daily visitors from Ilfracombe and the places adjacent. The matchless scenery of the locality and the invigorating breezes of the Atlantic would render Mortehoe a favourite watering-place for annuitants and invalids to whom economy is…

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 rule to spend one month just pottering about the beach at Woolacombe. I choose Woolacombe…

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 of water which, thanks to the public spirited action of the Ilfracombe Urban Council, is…

Tourist Brochure – 4,000 guides to be printed in 1951

Thursday 2nd November 1950 North Devon Journal New Publicity Committee for Woolacombe 4,000 guides to be printed in 1951 A publicity and guide committee for Woolacombe was formed at a meeting on Tuesday, when hopes were expressed that the village would eventually have a publicity bureau and a public relations officer. The chairman (Mr T.G….

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 a miniature Blackpool. Inquires have elicited the fact that these fears are foundless for the…

A Mortehoe Gospel, the recollection of a visitor to Mortehoe (1882)

Thursday 31st August 1882 North Devon Journal A Morte-Hoe Gospel The following sketch by a visitor to Morte-hoe appeared in a recent issue of the Echo. I can’t say the inn was clean, but then, as the landlady said “they comes all over the place.” In front of the inn stood waggonettes, drags, carts, and…

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