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Keat’s shops
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Keat’s shops

Jul 13, 2014 by

On the left 1930, on the right 2014. From the early part of the twentieth century, for over 100 years, these premises were owned by the Keat family. Initially they sold a variety of household items but, in more recent years they formed two separate retail areas – hardware to the left and glass and china to the right. Now they consist of a...

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Grosvenor House
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Grosvenor House

Jul 13, 2014 by

On the left 1930, on the right 2014. At one time this was built as Grosvenor House, home of the Doctors King of Stratton, after which it became the Grosvenor Private Hotel, with restaurant and cafe. Now – after considerable alteration – it is Time & Tide, North Coast Wine and Vision Express, although the Grosvenor name lingers on – the flats in the...

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Strand – London House 1937
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Another image from the 1937 coronation of King George VI – this time showing the floodlit building known as London House, which was a tobacconists and sweet shop, was then converted into part of the Conservative club and, with the demise of that institution, is now part of the new life...

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Strand – Burrow’s Hardware
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Pictured in 1960, this was Burrow’s Hardware, the building which preceded the Strand Hotel on that site. It incorporated a hardware store and, later, also included a restaurant. The building work in progress is the conversion to include this new...

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Strand 1910’s
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Strand 1910’s

May 11, 2014 by

No keeping to the left then! It appears the Highway Code was not yet being enforced from this view of the Strand in the 1910’s. On the far side of the Globe stand the Grenville Tea Rooms, which were built after the demolition of the old Bude Hotel but were themselves replaced by the present TSB building in...

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Nearly the Grenville!
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This drawing shows what was nearly the Grenville. In 1898 it was proposed to build a hotel on Summerleaze Downs; this was to be a large monolithic hotel of the type seen at Tintagel and Newquay, standing on the cliffs and making a visual statement from a long distance. Luckily for Bude, the status of the downs, as effectively common land for the grazing...

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Bude railway station – the newspaper kiosk
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This shows the first W H Smith’s shop in Bude – the newspaper kiosk at the railway station – in the 1900’s. It was a useful source of newspapers and magazines for those living in that part of the town until the 1960’s. The staff shown are George Bate, Gordon Johnson, Charles Full (manager) & Welby...

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Railway 1898 – triumphal arch
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Such was the importance of the arrival of the railway in Bude in 1898 that triumphal arches – a common celebratory device in those days – were erected in several places in the town. This one, complete with stage coach passing under it, is in Bencoolen Road, near where today’s mimi roundabout is...

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Railway station approach 1940’s
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This shot shows the approaches to the station, in 1940. On the left is Cann Medland’s garage, where the Spar service station is now. The road coming into the town is unchanged; only the station, and the approaches to it, have gone, replaced by Bullied...

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Bray’s chemist’s shop 1910’s
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Situated where the bookmaker’s below the Triangle now stands, Bray’s chemists shop traded here for many years, eventually becoming the original Boots shop then, via Wonnacott’s wholefood shop, it was converted to the bookies. The shop to the left was, at that time, the main Post...

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Norfolk Hotel 1900’s
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Seen here about 1900 is the Norfolk Hotel in Lansdown Road, where today are a cafe, craft shop and building society offices, overlooking the Triangle. A coach and horses wait in front of this temperance (no alcohol served)...

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Spencer Thorn’s shop 1900’s
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Familiar shop, not so familiar appearance. Shown here is the book shop at the top of Belle Vue as it appeared at the start of the 20th century, as a hairdresser and tobacconist, with the owners standing at the front...

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