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Westward Ho, Devon

Historical Description

Westward Ho, a small but charming watering-place in Northam parish, Devonshire, 2¼ miles from Bideford station on the L. & S.W.R., and 250 from London. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bideford, and is situated on the west of an extensive common of 1000 acres, known as the Northam Burrows. The place has been called Westward Ho from the Rev. Charles Kingsley's novel of that name, the scene of which is chiefly laid in this vicinity. The church was erected in 1870 as a chapel of ease to Northam, and is an edifice of stone in the Early English style. There is a large and well-appointed hotel, besides many excellent lodging houses and good golf links. There is a coastguard station.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1564, with additions from the earlier visitation of 1531, is online.

The Visitations of the County of Devon, comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620, with additions by Lieutant-Colonel J.L. Vivian, published for the author by Henry S. Eland, Exeter 1895 is online.