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The Way of the Wharves Project

About the blog

This blog is produced by members of the Volunteer group who are keeping a record of the development of the project and writing posts about key findings, happenings and events during the year. We will be sharing photographs, documents and the Story of the Wharves as it unfolds.

Copyright - we want to find the owners/creators of photographs and materials published here that we have found in public collections or that have been sent to us directly.
If you are the owner/creator or know the owner, please contact us so that material can be removed if it is unauthorised or your permission can be granted to continue to publish it here. All materials are solely for project and educational use and are not for commercial use.

A Musical talk

Events Posted on Mon, January 16, 2017 15:34

Coming up on Saturday January 28th at Bideford Library, a wonderful lunch time musical talk
with fantastic musicians Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll.
They will be
taking you on a folk music tour linking Devon to Newfoundland. 1pm to
2.15pm and places can be booked at the library or by following the link below to Eventbrite.

£2 donation on the day
includes refreshments.

Writing workshops

Events Posted on Mon, January 16, 2017 15:26

Calling all budding writers! As part of our public events programme there are 2 brilliant workshops coming up on February 4th in Bideford, come for the morning or afternoon or both. book your place for the morning one here at Eventbrite:

and for the afternoon one here:

The workshops are led by talented and experienced historical writer Myfanwy Cook who is based in Tavistock.

13th November

Events Posted on Tue, November 15, 2016 16:38

Photos of the Share Your Stories display, put together by the volunteers and people looking at the comprehensive information books compiled by Bob, about the history of the Wharves and surrounding area. Thank you to the volunteers, Mike and John, Bob and Stef for all their help on the afternoon.

Events during October and November

Events Posted on Tue, November 15, 2016 16:27

22nd October The Talk on the Royal Hotel was well attended with a tour by Margaret, the head receptionist and talk by her husband, David, who has been researching the history.

24th October The Family fun day, with Swords and Spindles, was enjoyed by the families that attended it. learning about the history of the 1600s through a range of activities.

29th/30th October and 12th November Brunswick Wharf: The Golden Age This was an outdoor performance by the Monday Collective, who depicted small scenes thinking about the history of the wharves and East the Water during a walk across the bridge, along the Tarka Trail and to the site of the wharves.

13th November we had another Share Your Stories and walks event with two walks and our display boards and photos set out in the Kingsley Room at the Royal Hotel. The walks were fully booked and Bob and his wife, Stef, took the people on his interesting walk before bringing them back for a warming cup of tea and look at the displays.

Events Coming Up

Events Posted on Mon, September 19, 2016 19:00

There are several interesting events being planned for October and November about the history of the Wharves and East the Water. Please follow the link for full details of the events and to book your places.

Saturday 22nd October 4pm Royal Hotel Talk and Tour
A fascinating talk about the history of the present day Royal Hotel by David Lovell, researcher, followed by a special guided tour by Head receptionist Margaret Lovell who has worked for Brend Hotels for 43 years.

Monday 10.30-4pm Family Fun Day Pollyfield Centre A family event, with a chance to try on the costumes and armour of the 1600s, handle the weapons, or join in the games of the time.

Come and get shot at by the musketeers in the car park! (weather permitting)

There is also a free children’s craft workshop to make a plague rat or a scary plague mask.

Saturday 29th October 7.30pm – 9.30pm and Sunday 4.30pm -6.30pm The Wharves -the Golden Age
An encounter with Brunswick Wharf through audio, video, story telling, movement theatre and a short exploration across the bridge (and back) to help you to explore and experience the “feel” of the place- its contrasts and contradictions, its aspirations and even its romance. The grass has always looked greener on the other side of … a passage of time.

Sunday 13th November 2pm Following our successful event in August, another Share Your Stories and Two Wander along the Wharves walks at 2pm and 3.45pm.

Share Your Stories Event

Events Posted on Thu, September 01, 2016 12:09

Visitors looking at the displays of historical photographs and information about the Wharves. There was information showing the trades that people did and the pubs and inns in the area, as well as a timeline showing the history of the Wharves and area. Bob,who led the walks, also made up folders with maps and documents in them.

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