Much that has been written about Bideford’s past has touched upon the story of East- the-Water, despite the long history of the wharves and their commercial importance to the local area, this is the first book to focus on their history. After introducing East-the-Water and the wharves, the book concentrates on the important strands that make up the history of the local community: timber, emigration, shipbuilding, tobacco and pottery, coal mining and gravel extraction, fisheries, agriculture, energy and enterprise as well as the changes brought about by steamships and railways.
Profit from the sale of this book supports the work of the Way of the Wharves Charity (Registered Charity Number 1188912) – researching and promoting the maritime history of the Torridge Estuary and the wharves at East-the-Water.
Order on the website https://thewharves.org/product/a-history-of-east-the-water-bideford/. Free delivery in Bideford Town, Northam, Appledore, Westward Ho! and Abbotsham postcodes. An ideal gift for Christmas.