The history of East-the-Water in a book

Book cover, yellow and blue, with an ariel view of the wharves at their peak development

Since its inception, the Way of the Wharves project has sought to refine our understanding of the history of East-the-Water. In 2000-1, following the establishment of the project as a charitable enterprise, a group of volunteers sought to bring various research together as a book. Intended for the wider public, rather than specialists, the History of East-the-Water Bideford, was published at the end of 2021.

With 151 pages of content, from Mike Teare, Bob Kirby, and Anthony Burt, and numerous illustrations (including many by Lou Boulter), the book concentrates on important strands that make up the history of the local community: timber, emigration, shipbuilding, tobacco and pottery, coal mining and gravel extraction, fisheries, agriculture, energy and enterprise as well as the changes brought about by steamships and railways. For details of local availability, or to purchase the book online, see  Teare, Kirby, and Burt. A History or East-the-Water the Way of the Wharves, 2021, on the Way of the Wharves web-site. Profits from the book support the charitable aims of Way of the Wharves.