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Wiltshire, Somerset & Devon Ancestry
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The Grenville Reports
On this page you can view and download copies of the reports produced for a series of properties in Bridge Street, Bideford. (Please be patient – they’re large files, and take a while to download). You may have read about our research and suprising discovery in the North Devon Gazette.
If you are wanting to see the report on the Grenville family, and the associations of their family in Bideford, please click on this link: Grenville research.
This report traces the history of the Grenville family in Bideford from the 11th century up to the early 18th century. In particular, it proves that Sir Richard Grenville (1542-1591) was born in Bideford, in the Manor House of the Grenvilles which used to occupy the site of No’s 1-3 Bridge Street. This report also identifies the likely location of the Quayside mansion which Sir Richard Grenville built for himself in 1585.
If you are wanting to see the report on the Building which currently stands on the site of No.1 Bridge Street, please click on this link: 1 Bridge Street, Bideford - Statement of Significance. This report shows the connection with the Grenville family, and the historic features which link to this family.
For similar historical reports on No’s 2-5 Bridge Street, please click on these links:
For a General Historic ‘Statement of Significance’ report on Bridge Street, please click on this link: Bridge Street, Bideford - Statement of Significance - GENERAL report
For the dendro-chronology report on No’s 1-5 Bridge Street, please click on this link: Dendro Report - 1 to 5 Bridge Street
I hope you find these reports of interest.
Many thanks to the owners of these properties for commissioning this research. The reports were initially being produced to accompany Listed Building Applications, but following our initial findings, and the ground-breaking connections discovered with one of Bideford’s most important historical figures, these reports grew beyond all expectations into the documents you can see above.