Woolacombe History

Hotel Pandora

Pandora House Hotel was built in the 1930’s and is believed to have been the first purpose built boarding house in Woolacombe. It was built in the newly cut out Springfield Road, known as Well Field at the time.The hotel…

Woolacombe, Mortehoe and The Chichester Family

The Chichester family had a strong and important connection with Woolacombe and Mortehoe. The family owned much of the North Devon Coastline including their home at Arlington Estate. Woolacombe beach and the surrounding land was owned by the Chichester family…

The Woolacombe Bay Hotel

The Woolacombe Bay Hotel was constructed in 1887, and was initially called the “Shakespeare Hotel”, before it was renamed the Woolacombe Bay. Photographs of the Hotel under construction show, at the time, it was surrounded by empty fields for some…

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…

The Watersmeet Hotel

The Watersmeet Hotel by Sue Hill, Barricane Books Find this lovely, gracious hotel at the far end of Woolacombe’s Esplanade, facing due south, with its grounds running down to Combesgate Beach. It occupies an unrivalled location, open to the south…

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….

Mortehoe & Woolacombe Station

The London and South Western railway line was extended from Barnstaple to Ilfracombe in July 1874, when the Mortehoe railway station was opened. On Tuesday 9th January 1894 the station saw a fire that very nearly destroyed it. The local…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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