Local History Books

//Local History Books
  • In 1800, Bude would have been lucky to have a population of 100, but people flocked to the town for work when the canal opened. When the canal closed, Bude would have crumbled, but for the developing tourist trade. The canal totally changed the topography of Bude.
  • The third book about Bude by Dawn Robinson is a little different to the first two. Certainly, it contains historical and contemporary images; however, its focus is very much on the facts, fiction, people and places you may know little about in this friendly seaside town.
  • Offers a collection of over 200 photographs and postcards which depict Bude, part of Cornwall and the surrounding district. This title explores the locations ranging from Marsland Mouth in the parish of Morwenstow on the Devon-Cornwall boundary to the parish of St Gennys.
  • The north Cornwall seaside resort town of Bude has undergone quite a transformation since its humble beginnings as Stratton’s unremarkable neighbour. As one local candidly put it, ‘Stratton was a market town when Bude was just a furzy down.’ Initially known for its beach sand properties, which worked wonders on soil and proved favourable with many Cornish farmers, Bude expanded rapidly following the construction of the sea canal in the early nineteenth century. The Victorians sought it out as the ideal holiday resort.

  • This book by Bill Young and Bryan Dudley Stamp traces the history of the charming little town of Stratton in all its aspects right up to the present day; altogether a span of some fifteen hundred years.  Personalities and places are recorded in great detail and the book will appeal to students, visitors and residents alike both at home or abroad.  

  • This is Bill's ninth (and last) book and traces a boy's sailing career in sloops and ketches, a trip to India on an East Indiaman and finally, he is wrecked at the entrance to Bude harbour on the 'Bencoolen'.  Bob Grimson has produced two fine paintings for the front and rear covers.  'Bencoolen' is derived from Benhulen, a harbour on the island of Sumatra, used as a base by the Dutch and ships of the East India Company.  There are several ships of the same name but ours was built in New Brunswick and was only seven years old at the time of its wreck in 1862.  

  • This fascinating book traces the gradual growth over the centuries of Bude as a sea-port, with its slow change from commercial trade to many and varied leisure activities.  

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    This fascinating book explains Bude's true forgotten genius, Sir Goldsworthy Gurney (1793-1875).

  • This fascinating and factual book explains the history of the famous Bude Canal with plenty of text, illustrations and maps.

  • This is a walker's companion guide to Hawker's Morwenstow.  It also includes three circular walks in Morwenstow too.