At the Turning of the Century Timelines: All, Victorian (1837 - 1901)


With the beginning of the 21st Century seeing Bideford awash with new developments, it is interesting to reflect that the Book of Fair Devon published in 1900 stated that “The modern streets are wide, and the houses well built, especially those being constructed in the extensive building operations now going on. Nor has the enterprise of the builders stopped at the limits of the town. On the slopes of the hills around have been erected and there are now being built, villas and residences of more modest pretensions.” The sportsman taking up residence in these new premises could expect to enjoy “fox-hunting, hare-hunting, shooting, fishing, and otter hunting.”