The Town Hall was opened on 31st May 1888 by Sir Paul Molesworth. It was originally called Molesworth Hall and cost £3000 to build, an enormous amount in those days. The Hall was eventually taken over by the Parish Council. At the rear of the Town Hall is a large mural painted showing the building of the bridge.
Wadebridge is in the constituency of North Cornwall which is currently held by the Conservative MP Scott Mann. The main offices of the former North Cornwall District Council were at Trenant Road in the town.
This bustling market town, which thrives alongside the ebb and flow of the River Camel, offers a wide variety of things to see and do for all tastes and ages.
In the 1901 census the population of Wadebridge was 3470, while in 2001 the population was 6222
The town has a secondary school where several notable sports-people were educated. The Royal Cornwall Show is a three-day agricultural show held at the nearby Royal Cornwall Showground every June.
The Camel Trail winds its way along the Estuary between Padstow and Wadebridge, then up into the hills of Bodmin Moor to Blisland. The scenery along this popular walking and cycling route is some of the most spectacular in the country.
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Depending on the tides, the Camel River Festival is held around August or September. The main attraction is a set of raft races on the Camel River, with bar, food, stalls and more live music.
The last passenger train left Wadebridge railway station in 1967 following railway cut backs. The railway has been transformed into the Camel Trail, and the Bodmin and Wenford Railway heritage railway runs on part of the route. Oliver Bulleid designed his range of light pacific which are ether named after WW2 squadrons or towns in the west country one such loco is 34007 Wadebridge which is preserved at the Mid Hants Railway
For many years Wadebridge was a traffic-congested town (through which the route of the A39 trunk road passed) but in 1991 the Wadebridge bypass was opened together with the Egloshayle bypass causing the two settlements to regain much of their former charm. The main shopping street in Wadebridge (Molesworth Street) has subsequently been pedestrianized through construction of an inner link road, allowing traffic-free shopping.
Wadebridge (Cornish: Ponswad) is a civil parish and town in north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The town straddles the River Camel 5 miles (8.0 km) upstream from Padstow. The permanent population is 6,222 (Census 2001), increasing to 7,900 at the 2011 census. There are two electoral wards in the town (East and West). Their total population is 8,272
Wadebridge Carnival is held annually in August, with a Carnival Queen. In August there is the Eglos Craft Fayre at Egloshayle Church, and the Cornwall Folk Festival, held over the Bank Holiday. The likes of folk stars such as John Renbourn, Martyn Carthy and Dave Swarbrick rub shoulders with Cornish bands, and blue legend Wiz Jones is the festival's president.
Later in June, the Wadebridge Lions organise a beer festival, with brews from across Cornwall, and plenty of live music.
A footbridge called the Challenge Bridge links the Egloshayle playing fields to the Jubilee fields on the other side of the river. The bridge was constructed in 1991 by Anneka Rice and her team for the TV series "Challenge Anneka". Locally, the bridge is known as Anneka's Bridge, but its real name is the Bailey Bridge.
This website 'Wadebridge' was created by Graham Hawkey in 2005 and much of the content is now a historical record of this great town at that point in time. There have been no new photographs taken and no updates to changes in business although many are still the same. We hope you enjoy a walk through some old places of recently by-gone days.
Located just inland on the Camel River estuary and once famous as a centre for wool production, Wadebridge is now a lively hub of the north coast. It’s the starting point for the most popular stretch of the Camel Cycle Trail. The town also provides a stop off point for visitors heading for the North coast, famous for big surf and beaches. Here you’ll find all you need for a picnic, tonight’s dinner or something chic for the beach as the streets are full of independent shops and boutiques.
Originally known as Wade, it was a dangerous fording point across the river until a bridge was built here in the 15th century, after which the name changed to its present form. The bridge was strategically important during the English Civil War, and Oliver Cromwell went there to take it. Since then, it has been widened twice and refurbished in 1991.
July sees the Rock Oyster Festival on fields on the north side of the Camel River. Oysters are, of course, on the menu, along with some great bands from the local area, across the South West and further afield.
A serious outbreak of typhoid in 1897 caused by contamination of drinking water led to Wadebridge having its own town council as decisive action had to be taken for proper water supplies and disposal of sewage effluent.
The town has two primary schools which have academy status, Wadebridge Primary Academy which OfSTED graded as a ‘GOOD’ school in November 2012 and St. Breock Primary School. There is also a Secondary School, Wadebridge School which has a sixth form.
The town is twinned with Langueux (Langaeg) in Brittany, France.
Historically Wadebridge was part of St Columb Rural District Council until the creation of Wadebridge Urban District Council in April 1898.
History visit to the World War One Battlefields: November 2016. Due to the finalising of numbers confirmation of the visit will be sent out at the start of the new academic year. Deposits will be held securely and cheques uncashed until visit confirmed.
Wadebridge has a nice selection of unique and quirky coffee shops, pubs, bars and restaurants.
Wadebridge is home to a number of sporting clubs including Wadebridge Town Football Club who play their home games at Bodieve park; and Wadebridge Camels, who play their home games at the Molesworth Field in Egloshayle. The town has a leisure centre with a varied programme of sports and leisure pursuits including Cornish wrestling.
The Big Lunch, organised by the local chamber of commerce, is a free street party in the pedestrianised part of Molesworth St in the centre of Wadebridge, where around 500–750 people get together to share food, chat, and enjoy music and other entertainment. The idea grew out of a project by the Eden Project, and was started by a former local councillor, Harriet Wild. In 2012 it also served as a celebration of the Queen's Jubilee.
In media, Michael White, journalist, associate editor and former political editor of The Guardian was born here in 1945. The comedian Jethro (Geoffrey Rowe) lived in Wadebridge for many years, and Andrew Ridgeley, member of the pop music duo, Wham! and his partner Keren Woodward, from the girl band Bananarama, live in a converted farmhouse near the town.
Riverside walks, unique shopping, indoor and outdoor leisure facilities and of course the nationally recognised Camel Trail, 17 miles of traffic free walking and cycling putting Wadebridge at the heart of your holiday chance.
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The Wadebridge and Bodmin Railway Line was opened in 1834 and was one of the first built in the world, it carried the first steam trains in Cornwall and was the first in West Britain to carry passengers. In 1967 the North Cornwall line was closed for all passenger services and the route is now known as the Camel Trail and is popular with both walkers and cyclists.
The Molesworth Arms is one of the oldest Inns in Wadebridge. Previously known as The Fox, The King's Arms and The Fountain, this coaching Inn got its current name in 1817.
If shopping is not for you take a stroll down Molesworth Street where you can sit, relax and watch the world go by in this pedestrianised boulevard style area.
Sergeant Steven Roberts, the first solder to die in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, was born in Wadebridge.
The Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show is held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Wadebridge over three days in early June each year. The show began in 1793 at Bodmin and was then held every year in East and West Cornwall alternately until 1960 when it came to its present site. The showground, run by the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, is used for many different functions from Scout Jamborees to point-to-point horse racing.
There is bike hire available in Padstow and Wabebridge. The route between the two towns is mostly level, with some gentle slopes. With plenty of little coves and places to stop and admire the view or have a picnic along the way, the Camel trail is an ideal way to spend the day with the familly.
The gentleman scientist and surgeon Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, who invented the Bude-Light, lived in Wadebridge from 1814 to 1820. A street (Goldsworthy Way) has been named after him. Francis Hurdon (1834–1914), a prominent figure in Canadian politics, was educated in the town.
Since 2014, this has started with the mid-May MayPlay festival, a weekend of free children's activities.
There are two health care practices: the Wadebridge and Camel Estuary Practice and the Bridge Medical Centre. There has been a group practice in Wadebridge since the early 20th century; many of the early doctors had their surgeries operating from their homes.
Wadebridge is the site of the Royal Cornwall Show each June. This is one of the largest agricultural shows held in the United Kingdom. There are exhibitions, competitions, displays and lots of different events – something for everyone of every age.