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Bude is a small town of around 6000 people on the north coast of Cornwall, about thirty miles to the south west of Bideford. A popular tourist resort, with attractive golden sandy beaches nestling between spectacular cliffs, Bude was once notorious for the many shipwrecked vessels which came to grief on its rough exposed Atlantic coastline, plundered, it is said, by the local “wreckers”. The same windy coastline has more recently made Bude popular with surfers. The building of a canal, linked to Bude’s harbour, in the early nineteenth century helped the town grow. The canal now attracts pleasure boats and coarse fishermen. The map below shows the town of Bude as it was around the middle of the twentieth century. Click on a selected area of the map below to see an enlargement.

 Bude Town Map

Map of Bude

Old map of the town of Bude circa 1950

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Bude Map

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