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HER Number:MDV71759
Name:Bideford Free School, Allhalland Street, Bideford


Site of a 17th century Free School and Grammar School. Now occupied by Bridge Buildings.


Grid Reference:SS 454 264
Map Sheet:SS42NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBideford
Ecclesiastical ParishBIDEFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SCHOOL (XVII to XIX - 1657 AD to 1877 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, First Edition 1:500 Town Map (Cartographic). SDV338879.

Ordnance Survey Town plan of 1855-1895 states 'Bridge Buidlings On site of a Gramamr School'.

Whiting, F. E., 1948, Bideford Bridge, 133 (Article in Serial). SDV18901.

Site of the free grammar school for ten boys rebuilt in 1657 and replaced by Bridge Hall in 1882.

Department of Environment, 1973, Bideford Borough (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV15283.

Plaque in the entrance-hall of Bridge Buildings states the building 'was rebuilt ... on the site of a Bridge Hall rebuilt AD 1758 and of a Free School rebuilt AD 1657 and repaired AD 1680 and 1780 and of a Grammar School founded AD 1689'.

Devon County Council, 1975, Bideford Town Trail, 77 (Article in Monograph). SDV352469.

Collinge, C. J., 1976, Charles Kingsley in Bideford, 19 (Article in Serial). SDV18938.

Grammar and commercial schools at Bridge Street, at the end of Allhalland Street. By 1868, the grammar school had only 19 pupils and was located over a cellar in which a cooper practised his trade. In 1877, new buildings were provided in North Down Road. The old buildings were pulled down, making way for the present Bridge Buildings.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV15283List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1973. Bideford Borough. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV18901Article in Serial: Whiting, F. E.. 1948. Bideford Bridge. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 80. A5 Hardback. 133.
SDV18938Article in Serial: Collinge, C. J.. 1976. Charles Kingsley in Bideford. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 108. A5 Paperback. 19.
SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital).
SDV352469Article in Monograph: Devon County Council. 1975. Bideford Town Trail. Devon Town Trails: European Architectural Heritage Year. Paperback Volume. 77.

Associated Monuments

MDV495Related to: Bridge Buildings, Bideford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 22 2016 3:18PM