Barnstaple Square / Long Bridge #1

Barnstaple Life – Vintage cine footage shot by Walter Parsley in the early to mid 1960s.

Walter was landlord of Mugfords (The Golden Lion Tap) at the time,  and obviously enjoyed using his camera from his front doorstep.

I’m going to guess that this footage was shot not long after the Long Bridge was re-opened after the widening works that were featured in this first video: Barnstaple Long Bridge, since the main focus seems to be the roundabout at the end of the Long Bridge, which would have been a brand-spanking new layout at the time.

Barnstaple Square / Long Bridge | Barnstaple Fair


Here’s the next bit of footage from the vintage film taken around the time of when the Long Bridge was widened in 1963.

Also included is a bit of home movie, showing the cameraman’s young relations enjoying a merry-go-round at Barnstaple fair. I was going to edit that part out – but decided to leave it in since how often does one get to see colour footage from the very early 60s of Barnstaple Fair? Not often. 🙂

The first part of this footage is here – Barnstaple Long Bridge Widening 1963

High Street | The Body Shop

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High Street – and a modern day comparison photo supplied by Michael Parkin.

High Street – Woolworths

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Barnstaple High Street – and a modern day comparison photo supplied by Michael Parkin.

Alexandra Road

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Alexandra Road – and a modern day comparison photo supplied by Michael Parkin.

Strand & the Tome Stone

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Looking towards Strand from Queen Anne’s Walk with the Tome Stone in the foreground

Newport Road

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Newport Road

Barnstaple Square | Albert Clock

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Barnstaple Square & Albert Clock. Apart from the road layout there’s not an awful lot of difference –

Castle Quay | River Taw |Long Bridge

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Castle Quay.

Old Railway Bridge

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The old railway bridge over the River Taw, and a very different-looking Strand.