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HER Number:MDV481
Name:Bideford, Westward Ho! And Appledore Railway, Bideford

Summary

The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway was constructed between 1901 and 1908. It was closed by 1917.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 448 271
Map Sheet:SS42NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNortham
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishABBOTSHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS42NW/25

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RAILWAY (XX - 1901 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SS43NW(M) (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV339861.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Railway line shown on the 1904-06 Ordnance Survey mapping.


Minchinton, W. E., 1973, Industrial Archaeology in Devon, 8 (Monograph). SDV7016.

The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore railway. Constructed between 1901 and 1908. This line was closed by the Great War in 1917. Much of the track can be followed outside of Bideford. The engine and carriage sheds at Bideford are now used by a dairy and a removal company.


Devon County Council, 1975, Bideford Town Trail, 78 (Article in Monograph). SDV352469.


Thomas, D. St. J., 1981, A Regional History of Railways of Great Britain, 107-108 (Monograph). SDV168.

From SS446295 to SS450274 - 11.26 kilometres long. Opened to Northam on 20th May 1901. The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore railway. Opened from the quayside station in Bideford to Northam on 20/05/1901 and extended to Appledore on 01/05/1908. There were three locomotives with enclosed motion as the highway was followed on the first section out of Bideford. The track was commandeered by the government during the First World War and the railway was closed on 27/03/1917. Though of standard gauge, the railway was an isolated concern.


Meade, H. M., 1988, Amendments to Parish Checklist (Correspondence). SDV322855.

The portion of the old railway which runs through Abbotsham Parish from Westward Ho! to Cornborough cliffs is now used as a coastal footpath. Further information can be found in 'The Story of Westward Ho!' by Ronald Mayo. Other details: Amendments to Parish Checklist.


Turton, S. D. + Weddell, P. J., 1992, Preliminary Archaeological Assessment, Taw-Torridge Tidal Waters Improvements (Report - Assessment). SDV18873.


Turton, S. D. + Weddell, P. J., 1994, Archaeological Assessment of SWW Taw-Torridge Tidal Waters Improvements Part 3: Cornborough STW (Report - Assessment). SDV18876.

Proposed South West Water pipeline passes along the line to north of East Langdon and south of Kenwith Castle.


Exeter Archaeology, 2000, Archaeological Assessment and Watching Brief of SWW Moorhead to Cornborough Water Main, North Devon, 4 (Report - Assessment). SDV344592.

Other details: Figure 1, site 10.


Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 22 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

The portion of the old railway which runs through Abbotsham parish from Westward Ho! to Cornborough cliffs is now used as a coastal footpath.


RPS Planning & Development, 2013, Atlantic Array Offshore Wind Farm. Enviornmental Statement Volume 4. Annex 8.2: Desk Based Assessment, 15, 24: Site 38 (Report - Assessment). SDV357386.

Just to the north of the cable route at the landfall point is the line of the former Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway. Opened in stages between 1901 and 1908 this was a standard gauge line but was never connected to the rest of the railway network – the main line at Bideford was at East-the-Water, on the other side of the River Torridge. The track and rolling stock were requisitioned in 1917 by the War Office and the line never reopened.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV168Monograph: Thomas, D. St. J.. 1981. A Regional History of Railways of Great Britain. A Regional History of Railways of Great Britain. 1. Unknown. 107-108.
SDV18873Report - Assessment: Turton, S. D. + Weddell, P. J.. 1992. Preliminary Archaeological Assessment, Taw-Torridge Tidal Waters Improvements. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 92.32. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV18876Report - Assessment: Turton, S. D. + Weddell, P. J.. 1994. Archaeological Assessment of SWW Taw-Torridge Tidal Waters Improvements Part 3: Cornborough STW. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 94.12. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV322855Correspondence: Meade, H. M.. 1988. Amendments to Parish Checklist. Letter. Letter.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #93100 ]
SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 22.
SDV339861Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SS43NW(M). Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV344592Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2000. Archaeological Assessment and Watching Brief of SWW Moorhead to Cornborough Water Main, North Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 00.89. A4 Stapled + Digital. 4.
SDV352469Article in Monograph: Devon County Council. 1975. Bideford Town Trail. Devon Town Trails: European Architectural Heritage Year. Paperback Volume. 78.
SDV357386Report - Assessment: RPS Planning & Development. 2013. Atlantic Array Offshore Wind Farm. Enviornmental Statement Volume 4. Annex 8.2: Desk Based Assessment. RWE Npower Renewables. 6.4.8.2. Digital. 15, 24: Site 38.
SDV7016Monograph: Minchinton, W. E.. 1973. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Paperback Volume. 8.

Associated Monuments

MDV101605Related to: Carriage Shed, Kinglsey Road, Bideford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4697 - Assessment of South West Water Moorhead to Cornborough Water Main, North Devon
  • EDV4698 - Watching Brief Along South West Water Moorhead to Cornborough Water Main, North Devon

Date Last Edited:Jul 16 2015 2:40PM