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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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Sir Goldsworthy Gurney
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One of Bude’s most distinguished – and multi-faceted – ¬†historical figures was Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, born on St Valentine’s Day, 1793. It’s an unusual first name, which he allegedly earned from his godmother, daughter of General Goldsworthy, who was maid of honour to Queen Charlotte. He was actually born in Treator, near Padstow, in 1793, and educated at Truro Grammar School, where he was...

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The wharf spur 1957
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A 2-6-2 tank engine stands outside Petherick’s yard on the wharf in July 1957. In the background are some of the original buildings, including the old scout hut and Charlie Dinner’s shoe repair shop. To the right, some of the old canal warehouses, now converted to a...

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Castle and Leven Cottages 1860
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This shot, from the 1860’s, shows the Castle and Leven Cottages, with the tidal area between them, with beached ketches behind. In the river can be seen some of the huge baulks of timber towed over from Scandinavia by the local trading...

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Castle, causeway and wharf 1900’s
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The Castle in the 1900’s; also visible are the many buildings on the wharf, including the seamen’s shelter and mortuary and the ancient causeway, which crossed the marshy ground from Nanny Moore’s to Ebbingford Manor before the coming of the canal. On top of the Castle hill is a flagstaff; at one time there was also a summerhouse...

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Castle 1890
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Castle 1890

Apr 23, 2014 by

The Castle and wharf in 1890. Not much on the wharf – no buildings, just a long wall with a narrow gap. The area between Shalder Hill and the Castle was still tidal and used to be marshy, hence the need for the causeway which passed through...

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