This community volunteer project started in early 2016 and is researching the history of the wharves and surrounding area of East the Water, Bideford. The project is run by Bideford Bay Creatives and helped by a grant from The Peoples Health Trust.
East the Water, connected by the long bridge to the town of Bideford, has a long industrial history. Lime kilns, potteries, ‘Bideford Black’ mines, shipbuilding and associated trades, together with transport links from the ancient river ford, then the bridge, as well as shipping, the wharves and later the railway. All this created a vibrant community with pubs and shops, local stories and traditions. This local history is still very evident, as most of the wharves have not yet been redeveloped. The area is going through another period of rapid change with new housing and people entering the community and there is a strong interest in the local history.
During the past year the group has pulled together a large amount of information about the history of the wharves; maps, pictures, and transcriptions and this has been collated into both hard copy folders and electronic form. Additionally we have been recording oral histories from local residents.
The group has organised several events including exhibitions and guided walks of the wharves.
The group is keen to attract more volunteers.