One hundred years ago – November 1913.

The water supply problems mentioned last month continue to give considerable concern. Abbotsham Road, High Street and all of Old Town are without water whilst “They scrape the pipes”.   The supply to the workhouse in Meddon Street has been interrupted frequently and the Guardians are considering opening a well on the premises, but are hesitant due to the proximity of the old cemetery.

Two shipping stories make the headlines this month. Firstly a fire virtually destroys the trawler ‘Busy Bee’ moored off Williams’s boatyard at Appledore.   At 4.00am the vessel was alight from stem to stern and, to extinguish the fire, it was sunk.    It is not expected to be salvaged.    On a lighter note Coxswain Cann from Appledore was on the beach near the lifeboat station and found a bottle containing a paper stating that ‘on being found and forwarded to an address given’ (Edwin Hall, The Docks, Swansea) the finder would be given a box of cigars!    The letter and the paper were sent and Mr Cann duly received the cigars, together with a note that the bottle was thrown into the river Towy at Llandilo on the 6th April 1913.

Nearly 40 Hartland residents attended a meeting at Dr Crew’s house to arrange for Hartland’s first ever carnival.

Bideford masons and carpenters have given notice to the master builders that they will require a rise of ½d per hour, making the wage 7d per hour on May 1st next year and also 2 shillings for Sunday work. This will bring them into line with Barnstaple tradesmen. It was also stated that painters are seeking the same rate of pay.

Bideford Grammar School prize-giving took place on 4th November. It was reported that a total of 98 boys were attending the school.

These and many more items of local interest are available to read at the Bideford Community Archive at the Council offices, Windmill Lane, Northam.


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