Wadebridge - My Childhood Playground

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Born and Raised, This is Home.

I was born and raised in Wadebridge. A town which has grown and expanded to the extent that local inhabitants find it difficult to breathe. No longer is there a community spirit, how could there be when you walk down the street and not meet a single person that you know.

There was a time when everbody knew everyone else, of course there were disadvantages to this, but the advantages by far outweigh them.

If you were in trouble, hurt or lonely you could knock on a door and on the other side was a welcoming face with a cup of tea and a slice of cake to cheer you up. The town is too big now, the community spirit is segmented according to the area or the side of the river that you live.

Since time began, there has always been 'those that live on this side' and 'them that live the other' I lived on this side.

The Bridge

What you see to the right is the original bridge , having seventeen arches, and spanning the River Camel some eight miles from the estuary. The bridge itself was built as a single track to allow horse and carts to cross. It is said that the original foundations were built on wool, the wool bales being used to prevent the bridge from sinking.

There is a pub, [one of many] called 'The Bridge on Wool' which I frequented quite a bit. Hahum

As the traffic increased, the bridge was widened, and I can remember a time when there were no pavements, the bridge was once again widened to incorporate pavements , and so it remains today.

Underneath the bridge, there is still evidence of the original, though there are now only thirteen arches as four have been hidden though still accessible. If you know where to look.

To the right, about three quarters up the picture you can see a cantilever bridge, built in the early 90's to take a lot of the traffic out of the town. This bridge is on the A39 down the Atlantic Highway.

This Side

St Breock Church, what a play ground, all the way around the church is a drainage ditch covered by blue slate making a tunnel which we kids would dare each other to go through, every now and then there were gaps where we could get air, but to through, now that was scarey. Incidently, I was first married in this church.

Pawton Quoit, an old burial site was also a wonderful place, perched on a hill with great views, here we would take picnics and spend days playing.

T'Other Side

The 'Earl St Vincent' a quaint little pub as you can see. Back in the days of old , getting a drink here solely depended on what was on the television. The pub itself had oak beams with blue slate and sawdust upon the floor. The old lady that ran the pub loved her soap operas, and woebetide anyone who disturbed her. She would slam her door and totally ignore you.

As God would have it , this pub was positioned directly behind Egloshayle Church, makes sense of the saying:- Love thine Enemy' .........'Drink is my Enemy'

WhiteCross

From White Cross the view is amazing, It is possible to see right down to the Estuary where Rock is to one side and Padstow to the other. The Estuary used to be dredged and the sand brought back to Wadebrige up the river , but this is no longer the case.

White Cross is also the home of the Royal Cornwall Show, a three day event held during the first week of June.Originally and mainly an agricultural show, there are also many other activities and fun places to visit. The show incorporates Traction engines, Fair , wood carving, Falconary to name but a few. There are artillary displays motor bike displays, show jumping, Heck, I could do a hub on the show alone.

The Estuary

Going back to the photo , the left hand side of the Estuary hosts a number of really great beaches.

Polzeath a great beach for kids , plenty of space and no drop. Here you are able to swim 100yds or more and still able to touch bottom. Disadvantage is that it gets very crowded. Daymer Bay bit of a walk but well worth it, more secluded than Polzeath and quite a sun trap. Rock hosts a number of water sports and a great beach though not really suitable for children unless the dangers are made quite clear. Rock also has sand dunes which are fun for walks and drinking in the sea air.

From Rock, there is a foot ferry which will ferry you across the estuary to Padstow, an old fishing port still in use today. Padstow has tiny little streets with some wonderful architecture.

Padstow surrounds the harbour and it's people are very close and retain the community spirit. The Padstonians tolerate visitors, though they would argue different. May Day is their day. They bring in the May every year with song, dance and merriment from morning through to night. This day has the annual visit from the infamous, 'Obby Oz' another hub methinks

The Camel Trail

Rather than travelling back home to Wadebridge by road, the alternative route would be the Camel Trail. The trail was created using the old railway line and is travelled regularly by walkers and cyclists. Along the trail, you never are further away from the river, that you cannot dip your toes in. The wildlife is amazing , the birds are haunting and the views stunning.

Travelling this trail is not without hazard, crossing the Iron bridge is an experience to say the least.

The Town Hall

Returning back to home , the landmark is the Town Hall, a place where the towns people come together and be as one. There are concerts, Antique Fairs, Jumble Sales, Bird Shows you name it , it goes on here in the main hall. Upstairs are offices and boardrooms . The tourist information people are here also. The clock still tells accurate time and chimes for all to hear.

Home is Home and that is where my heart is, although many things have changed there are still so many things that stay the same.


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Comments 31 comments

sharon 7 years ago

Very factual and intresting. Personal history associated with a place is always intriging.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thanks Sharon , my friend, thanks for popping in to read.


Iphigenia 7 years ago

You're a Cornish woman though and through then ! I love Cornwall as a visitor (brother has a boat in Penryn as I think I've told you before). Your love of the place is full of the warmth of your memories and brings it alive.


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Not Telling 7 years ago from Eastern Nowhere

Looks like a lovely place to visit or grow up in.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

I want a place like Earl St. Vincent for my "Duck Inn".. !!!!


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Iphy, yep , Cornish through and through, When writing this , kept wanting to write more and more, love the place. Live in St Dennis now,tis on the map above, not that far away ,but worlds apart.

Not Telling, you had better believe it, no place like home.

Easy to create ,Candie, give me a shout ,I will go into more detail for you.


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Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

A truly wonderful place, Alison. If only you had some pics from the time you were a kid! Is there really any difference between the two sides?


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

I do have pictures, but haven't worked out the scanner yet lol. Of course there was a difference , we were better.


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Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

I meant apart from that... lol I looked at Wadebridge in GMap satellite veiw and it looks like a popular town today. I wonder how much smaller it was when you were a kid.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

I would say about 75% smaller and a thriving market town. Think if I work out this scanner business will do a retrospect hub or I could just draw or tell . Which do you think?

The main difference between this side and t'other side is that this side had the town, shops and stuff where t'other side doesn't.


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Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

Whichever you like. I'm just really curious. This is pretty interesting for me.

Some friends live in a small town near Plymouth and I guess, they're in for a visit by me. :)


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Next hub ok. If you do come to Plymouth, where do they live? e-mail me , would love to meet you.


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frogdropping 7 years ago

Hawke - What a lovely virtual walk that was :) Spent many weeks in Cornwall as a child. My brother, incidentally, has named his house 'Cornwalton' - a blend of his deep desire to live in Cornwall (he was married there last year) and his home parish.

Thankyou - what a lovely hub!


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thank you frog, am thinking of doing more, it's the first that is always the hardest. Where did your brother get married?


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Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

Thanks. I will. I'd love to meet you too. :) They live in a small town called Tideford, but they work in Plymouth.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

don't know Tideford that well, not too far away though, look forward to meeting you.


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frogdropping 7 years ago

Hawke - I'm not sure. I didn't go, no invite. My family are idiots :) Probably somewhere near ... um ... lol ... err ... name somewhere Hawke lolol!


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Probably, the middle of nowhere lol


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frogdropping 7 years ago

Hawke - yep! That's the spot! Glad we found it :)


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

What beautiful photographs you have shared with us! I have always longed to visit Cornwall. Thank you for this insightful visit.

The loss of "community" has been felt everywhere in the Western World. When I was growing up, it was perfectly normal for mothers in the neighborhood to discipline any unruly child. Now, we don't even know our neighbors. This is sad.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

You are so right, James, it is sad. I have found that there are pockets that still hold dear the community spirit.


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DarleneMarie 7 years ago from USA

Love the photos and personal accounts! Consider yourself lucky to live in such a diverse and beautiful area!


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

O Darlenr I do, every day. I have seen many beautiful places since becoming a hubber, but home is home.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

you had better believe it, I could show you around lol


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

So, when are you coming?


lrigognam 7 years ago

What a nice place to call home! You are lucky, A. :) Actually I'm 3 miles west south-west off the coast so you might be able to see my house on a clear day.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thats a bit of a cool place to be - think maybe I'll come for tea lol.

thanks for popping in.


lrigognam 7 years ago

Any time, A. I have a nice guest room for you. It looks over the sea.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

cool!!!


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

What a beautifu place to grow up. I'm sorry the old bridge is gone, but it all looks lovely nonetheless. I think many of us miss the old places of childhood. The world went into a building and modernizing craze and just ruined so many lovely views. You are fortunate to have a place like that.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Wadebridge is a beautiful place, and still is, our childhoods are full of magic and wonder, its when we grow up that the emotion fades. I daresay the children there now see the magic that we have lost.

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