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The Strand 1980
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The Strand 1980

May 14, 2014 by

A view of the Strand in about 1980, the Strand Hotel has replaced Burrows but the shops still include Cook’s Stores – an old fashioned grocer’s shop with the scent of freshly ground coffee wafting out of the door – where the Silver River is now and Petherick Bros, tailors, where now it is Obsession...

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Behennah’s and the London House 1970s
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A view of part of the Strand in the 1970’s, with Bill Bennett casually walking past the petrol pumps of Behennah’s garage, pipe in hand. Behind him, the London House looks closed; soon after this it was incorporated into the Conservative Club before becoming part of the new life centre on the demise of the former establishment. On the left what is now Travis...

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The Strand 1963
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The Strand 1963

May 14, 2014 by

Shown in 1963, this is at a time when the river was kept full in the summer, looking immeasurably better than the muddy trickle elf and safety decree nowadays! In addition to looking better, the river level offered the opportunity to run pleasure boats – pedalos and aquatic scooters – to provide entertainment for visitors and locals alike. The road is full of iconic...

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The Strand about 1962
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Looking down from Summerleaze Crescent in about 1962, the Strand looks a little different to today, with Burrow’s Hardware still in the place now occupied by the Strand Hotel. In the background the gas works still supplied the town before the advent of North Sea gas. The car park is full of classic Austin, Morris and Ford cars, no Nissan’s or Kia’s...

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The Strand 1961
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The Strand 1961

May 14, 2014 by

Taken about 1961, not long after the wall replaced an old post and wire fence along the river (the wire allegedly cargo from the wreck of the Bencoolen), the Strand Hotel is yet to replace Burrow’s Hardware but the rest of the buildings look familiar. Their uses, however, are quite a bit different, with the Southern National coach depot and Cook’s Stores where the...

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Opening of the landing stage, Strand 1959
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This shows the opening the landing stage, from which pedalos and water scooters launched in, I think, 1959. I regret that I don’t know who the participants were but I found, to my surprise on looking at it closely, that I was there, although I don’t recollect the...

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The Strand 1950
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The Strand 1950

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Seen in 1950, an old fashioned bus waits at the Strand bus-stop; the old post and wire fence still borders the river, backed by the evergreen shrubbery that looked attractive and still survives in one place, despite many (misguided) attempts to eradicate it. The Strand still has Burrow’s Hardware, Behennah’s garage and Petherick’s coal office; on the right in the background, one of the...

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The Strand by the bus-stop 1930s
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A view from the 1930’s, not dissimilar to what it looks like today; the buses look a bit antiquated and you don’t get many motorbikes with sidecars (or horse manure) in the Strand nowadays but, otherwise, the only real difference is the wall replacing the fence along the...

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The Strand by the bus stop 1915
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A similar view to one on here from the 1930’s, except that, in this one, from about 1915, there are no cars and more manure in the road! The Granville Tea Rooms have not yet had the Lloyds Bank building put up in front of them and the west wing has not yet been added to the Grenville Hotel. The building at the bottom...

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The Strand in 1928
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One old car in the Strand in this shot from 1928, and a charabanc outside the National Garage, where the arcade is now. If you follow the history of this building through the years it changes frequently – first it has nothing but ordinary windows, then it acquires a shop front, after which it gains a wide entrance to let cars and coaches into...

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The Strand in  the 1920’s
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From the early 1920’s this is a view of the area where today stands the Strand Hotel. Part of the original Hooper and Hockin warehouse from the 1840’s still stands at the right hand end – it was finally demolished in about 1928 – and that firm has morphed into Hockin & Banbury, hardware and builders. Next to them is the electrical shop of...

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The Strand by the bus stop 1915
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Another view of the area of the Strand where the bus stop is now situated (although this is too early for buses), shows the view up Belle Vue to what was Bude Meat Supply – which shop had been in continuous use as a butcher’s since the 1880’s. An area of grass in front of the Granville Tea Rooms is where the Lloyds (now...

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The Triangle in 1920
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Seen in 1920, this is a view of the Triangle and Lansdown Road from across the river. With only one car in sight, the roads are hardly crowded and pedestrians wander everywhere! This was before the TSB bank was built and, on the right, is the main Post Office, where Natwest is now. The Norfolk Temperance Hotel overlooks a Triangle totally devoid of...

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The Strand in 1911
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Pictured in 1911, the Strand is starting to look as it does today, the main difference being the lack of the Strand Hotel. Horse and carriage was still the mode of transport of choice and the street shows ample evidence of their passage. On the left is the Post Office and Bray’s chemists shop; at the right, the building next to London House was...

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London House 1911
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This is the London House – now the new life centre – as it appeared in 1911, with the proprietors – the Maynards – posing in the entrance. A multi-purpose shop, its advertised functions include “Tailor and Outfitter”, “Hair Cutting, Shaving and Shampooing”, “Photographs and Stationery”, “Sporting Requisites” and “Toilet and Bath Rooms”. On boards outside the shop – which has a massive striped...

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The Strand in 1910
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Three children, in their Sunday best, walk along the middle of a Strand decorated by the evidence of the passing of the horses and carriages, which were almost the only form of transport then. In front of the building which is now flats but was variously known as Hancock’s, Tremeer’s, etc, is a large extension projecting out into the road; this has long gone....

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Looking along the Strand 1906
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A scene from 1906, looking down at the Strand from the footpath alongside what would become the Grenville; on the left Marine Terrace and, in the centre, the newly built Globe Hotel. On the right, the land is still tidal, with spring tides washing right up to the back of Leven Cottages. The lack of traffic in the Strand contrasts strongly with the view...

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The Strand in 1905
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1905 and the Granville Tea Rooms have not long replaced the old Bude Hotel and the new, bigger Globe Hotel stands at the end of the Strand. Marine Terrace, beyond Nanny Moore’s, is still occupied and the arcade building is in one of its early phases, with only windows on the front...

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Looking down at the Strand 1905
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An early tinted postcard showing the Strand viewed from Summerleaze Crescent with a couple of natty gents looking very posed! On the left there is nothing built yet on the left hand side of Belle Vue and Marine Terrace, in the centre, is still in use. Lots of open spaces in those...

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The Strand in 1905
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Another view looking across a well-filled river at the Strand in about 1905. A huge flag, advertising the establishment, flies over the newly built Globe Hotel, which replaced a smaller, more rustic Globe, which was located...

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Floods in the Strand 1903
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Another one of the regular inundations to which Bude is prone; this one, in October 1903 shows a partially submerged Strand. On the left, scaffolding around the Globe Hotel marks the near completion of its...

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The Strand surrounded by countryside in 1900
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A panoramic view from a Frith’s photo of 1900 over a much smaller Bude than nowadays, with nothing at all built yet behind the Strand. Marine Terrace, in the foreground, is still occupied and the area where the present Globe Hotel will be built 3 years later shows signs of the demolition of the blacksmith’s shop which gave way to the new structures. The...

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Carriers at Hockins yard 1895
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A scene from 1895 shows horses and carts going in and out of the rear of Hockin’s depot in the Strand, where Travis Perkins is now. in another picture from the same era there is controversy over a pavement built outside the London House, with carriers testing whether their long wagons can still enter the yard unimpeded. The odd-shaped building centre right is a...

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