Clarence Wharf, East-the-Water, c. 1930
Clarence Wharf was, at this point, occupied by the Devon Trading Co., who had built out the wharf into line with its neighbours, installed a mobile crane, and arranged for a railway siding to be run onto their new wharf through the adjacent mill on Victoria Wharf (top left). This arrangement is clearly seen in this detail from an aerial view.
Our ref. WOTW0011c1; Photographer R. L. Knight (1887-1965); © unknown; very small detail from a physical copy held by D. Barnes; used, courtesy of D. Barnes. Last updated 28 Jan 2019 by R. I. Kirby
Dornat’s Bideford site, East-the-Water, c. 1930
Today the house numbering in Torrington Street inexplicably skips from 30 to 40, indicating the former presence at that point of something more significant than the two terraced houses currently there. The culprit was probably a passageway, running perpendicular to the street and lined with small cottages. By the time, however, that this view, from c. 1930, was taken, 40 Torrington Street was the site of Dornat & Co., mineral water manufacturers (who also dabbled in ginger beer and non-alcoholic ales).
Our ref. WOTW0011c2; Photographer R. L. Knight (1887-1965); © unknown; very small detail from a physical copy held by D. Barnes; used, courtesy of D. Barnes. Last updated 28 Jan 2019 by R. I. Kirby
I. Baker & Son.’s Brunswick Wharf yard, East-the-Water, c. 1930
In this view of Baker’s Brunswick Wharf, taken shortly after the Long Bridge was widened, the Lime & Cement Stores are clearly seen on the far left of the yard. Baker’s had re-lit the Manor Lime-kilns to provide a local supply of lime for building work. Also notice the travelling crane that runs the length of the river frontage. Brunswick Wharf served as the Baker’s builders’ merchant’s yard, whilst their offices and stonemason’s yard were on Torridge Hill.
Our ref. WOTW0011c3; Photographer R. L. Knight (1887-1965); © unknown; very small detail from a physical copy held by D. Barnes; used, courtesy of D. Barnes. Last updated 28 Jan 2019 by R. I. Kirby
Baker’s Brunswick Wharf, c. 1895
Devon Trading Company are at Queens Wharf (on the left), having advertised their presence there from 1893 where they resided until c. 1900, before re-establishing themselves on Clarence Wharf in 1904. I. Baker & Son. are occupying Brunswick Wharf (centre and right), on which, they have yet to construct the distinctive wooden structure that became their coal store, and which appears to have been built in 1897.
Our ref. WOTW0014c1; Photographer unknown; Believed to have been published c. 1895 as a projection slide; from a digital copy collected by a volunteer. Last updated 14 Feb 2019 by R. I. Kirby
Way’s Yard, Barnstaple Street, c. 1900?
This picture, which probably dates from c. 1900, shows the yard of coal merchant and carrier, John Way, that once stood opposite Clarence Wharf. The buildings on the right are on Vinegar Hill, with Portland Place being the furthest from the camera. Its name may recall the vessel Portland, lost in 1905 to a terrible fire, whilst moored at nearby Railway Wharf.
The house beyond the yard, over Barnstaple Street, appears to be Clarence House.
Our ref. WOTW0022; Photographer unknown; from a digital copy held by North Devon Maritime Museum, Appledore under ref. Bideford ETW. Yard nr Torrigton St.APLMT.2000.420.4.616.B4; used courtesy of North Devon Museum Trust. Last updated 11 Mar 2019 by R. I. Kirby
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