• All who have travelled through the delicious scenery of North Devon must needs know the little white town of Bideford, which slopes upwards from its broad tide-river paved with yellow sands, and many-arched old bridge, where salmon wait for Autumn floods, toward the pleasant upland on the west.

    Charles Kingsley (1871). “Westward Ho! Or, The Voyages and Adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight, of Bourrough, in the County of Devon, in the Reign of Her Most Glorious Majesty, Queen Elizabeth”, p.1