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EX39 area guide

Postcode district: EX39

Location

The EX39 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Abbotsham, Appledore, Ashridge, Baxworthy, Bideford, Bideford East, Bideford North, Bideford South, Buckland Brewer, Bucks Cross, Bucks Mills, Clovelly, Clovelly Bay, Cranford, Devon, East The Water, Eastleigh, East-The-Water, Fairy Cross, Gammaton, Hartland, Hartland and Bradworthy, Higher Clovelly, Horns Cross, Horwood, Instow, Kenwith, Landcross, Littleham, Lundy Island, Monkleigh, Monkleigh and Littleham, Northam, Orchard Hill, Parkham, Peppercombe, Stoney Cross, Waldon, Weare Giffard, Webbery, Welcombe, Westleigh, Westward Ho, Westward Ho!, Woodtown, Woolsery, Yeo Vale.

History

Bideford is located in South West England along the River Torridge. Bideford is commonly referred to as the ‘Little White Town’ and is known as one of the best historic towns in England. Bideford contains a 13th century Long Bridge across this river with twenty-four arches in various sizes. Bideford has seen a prestigious past. In the 16th century it was Britain’s third largest port. It is rumoured that Sir Walter Raleigh brought his first shipment of tobacco here, though that is only a local rumour. Despite the falsehood of this rumour, many roads have been named in Sir Walter Raleigh’s honour. An interesting historical case took place in Bideford. The Bideford Witch Trial took place in 1682, where three women who were accused of witchcraft were hanged. These were the last witchcraft hangings to ever take place in England. More recently, Bideford has seen many new developments. When two of the twenty-four arches on the long bridge collapsed in 1968, a new bridge was soon built. This new Torridge Bridge, opened in 1987, gives you amazing views of the town. Bideford is lined with narrow streets and buildings that allow you to feel the tradition of the old town.

Present

Bideford is a multi-faceted town that boasts trade and tourism industries with beautiful views. Bideford is still an important trading town with ball clay being its principal export. Walking along the tree-lined quay, you can see a busy area with fishing vessels, cargo and entertainment boats. Bideford is truly special in that it is not just an industrial port, but rather a beautiful town full of entertainment. Bath Terrace is one of the most expensive and desirable places to live in Bideford and the average price for a residence is £800,000. This street is located on the River Torridge where it meets the Bristol Channel. This street is highly desirable due to its great views and beautiful location. Kiln Close Lane is another pricey street located on the River Torridge with desirable residences. Kala Fair is one of the least expensive streets due to the smaller residences and less desirable location. The average price for a residence on this road is £100,000. Bideford is an expensive area due to its demographics and location. EX39 contains a wide range of residents; however it has a higher median age than the national average. EX39’s median age is forty-four, while the national average is thirty-nine. Most of the population in Bideford is older, more affluent professionals. Most people choose to retire in Bideford because of its beauty and charm. Most households are couples over forty-five with a high income and level of education. The social life of Bideford is quite calm due to its older population.The crime rate in Bideford is lower than the national average in almost every category, making it a safe and charming place to live.