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A Stratton Smallholder
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More from Dawn’s interview With John Going, aged 94: I sold my Stratton smallholding to a neighbour and then he split it up. It was in a ring fence, at the Town’s End side of Stratton. Stratton was a nice little place. That’s one of the things that attracted me to it. When I came here, the sun was shining, the grass was green,...

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The first cattle artificial insemination in Stratton…
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nickers103 / Pixabay More from my interview with John Going, 94, of Widemouth, who was the first smallholder in the area to use artificial insemination on his cows: The War changed things. When the War had finished, my father wasn’t in very good health  and we were looking for a change. We decided we’d like a smallholding and one of the places that turned...

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Working at Bude Sea Pool
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Talking to John Going, 94, of Widemouth, Dawn Robinson was interested to hear of his work on the terraces of the Bude Sea Pool in the 1960s: “I worked on the walls and terraces of the sea pool. I was out of work at the time, so I asked what (work) was in. There was only one job available and that was it. I...

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The night they dug up the Bude railway tracks…
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Story told to Dawn Robinson by John Going, 94,  of Widemouth Bay. Sadly, I understand this dear man is now in hospital. He was very ill when I chatted with him late last year, so I wish him and his family well. It was a privilege to meet John, and to hear his tales. Here’s the first part of his memories of Bude, where...

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Rowena Cade at the Minack
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While not about Bude, most people who live in Bude will know of  the Minack Theatre, so here goes… You may not have heard of Rowena Cade. Born in Derbyshire, she was the amazing woman whose legacy stops me in my tracks every time I visit the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. A granite construction, with concrete seats, perched on the edge of the cliffs...

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The Thorns – Bude’s Pioneer Photographers
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THORN PHOTOGRAPHERS OF BUDE – 1850s to 1932 £24.99 from Spencer Thorn Jewellers or Spencer Thorn Bookshop Signed Copies from Spencer Thorn Jewellers The Thorn photographers were pioneers of the art in Bude. This book celebrates their enormous contribution to Cornish history. Over 250 fantastic images taken from their original glass negatives, many never before published, showing the landscape, seascape and shipwrecks, of North...

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Russian Children at The Castle, Bude
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Here follows some info from a chat with a lovely Bude lady called Barbara who recalls the presence of Russian children at The Castle. If anyone else has any information, please get in touch! Dawn, author of Secret Bude and two other Bude books,  is happy to interview anyone who has some interesting oral history to provide. In the 1930s, according to Barbara (born...

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Secret Bude – Something of a Labour of Love
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Bude & Beyond community website owner and one of the trio involved in Bude Past & Present, Dawn Robinson, is pleased to announce the publication of her third and latest book on Bude. The book, Secret Bude was published last week by Amberley Publishing. It breaks away from the previous two books commissioned by the publishers, Bude in Old Postcards and Bude Through Time....

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Bude Mystery Woman – Pamela Coleman-Smith (aka Colman)
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Pamela Colman Smith is something of a mystery, which is maybe part of her enduring appeal to her followers. It was only when investigating the history of Bude for my forthcoming book, Secret Bude, that I came across her, for she died in the town. Part of the mystery is where she is buried, or whether she was cremated. We all like a grave...

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Swimming in Bude
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This slideshow requires JavaScript. Talking to a Plymouth College of Art student recently, I discovered that Bude Sea Pool is unique in the UK for being the only outdoor pool which is actually built into the landscape. Certainly, it is one of the last remaining tidal lidos in the country. She felt this, therefore, creates a unique sense of space because, while the sea...

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