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The Battle of Stamford Hill
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It’s funny how the Battle of Stamford Hill tends to be underplayed in Stratton. This year, it wasn’t celebrated by the Town Council after poor attendance at the usual Sealed Knot re-enaction the previous year, when it rained, but it was a key event in the Civil War down in the SW. The late Dudley Stamp and Bere, in their book, The Book of...

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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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Grenville from the air, about 1920
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An aerial view promoting the Grenville Hotel, from the the late 1910’s or early 1920’s. The Grenville has not yet acquired its west wing and the town is missing many of its current roads and buildings. The fun fair occupies the area of the wharf, with rides and sideshows but the lower basin looks...

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Grenville from the air 1930’s
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Another aerial view of the Grenville, this time from the 1930’s. The west wing has been added and the Post Office is there now; the most noticeable differences to the present Bude are the garden opposite where Boots is now and the unconverted Erdiston and Hartland...

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