About Appledore & Instow

Appledore...brief history
Due to the proximity of Appledore & Instow the Villages histories have travelled parallel paths so you can expect many events through history to be the same.

The history of Appledore is well document in the 'Illustrated History of Appledore'. Books 1 & 2 by David Carter. Indeed Book 2 provides an excellent path of historic dating evidence going to 4200BC in the surrounding areas. Appledore itself is better annotated during landing of the Danish Army lead by King Ubba. Defeated he was by 'brave men of Devon' legend has it, where the battle ended at Bloody Corner. Bloody Corner located on the sharp bend in the road between Appledore & Northam commemorated with a stone to this day.

With further reference in Domesday Book with Appledore as we know it today considered part of Northam, with Noble Land & Gentry laying claim to pastures, selling and leasing through time to their own ends. Indeed the name Appledore did not appear until 14th Century circa. 1320s in a Petition Document with the National Archives in which the village of Affpeldorford is mentioned. 

Throughout time Appledore has gone through growth and decline as economic prospects sailed in and out, along with the tide. There have also been some famous people with Stephen Borough being one of Englands most famous Explorer and Navigators. The Spanish Armada also had ships crewed mostly with people from Appledore and the surrounding area in 1588. Under Sir Richard Grenville's command, five ships in all joined Sir Francis Drake at Plymouth to head off for the Spanish Armada.
Instow...brief history
Appledore History thepaths the villages have travelled and unsurprisingly 

Unsurprisingly Instow shares many historic parallels with Appledore including much of the growth and decline like Appledore; with trade activity up and down the Taw and Torridge Rivers through the centuries.

An excellent book 'Instow a History' by Historian Dr Alison Grant contains many pictures and local stories of the Parish of Instow past and more recent times. This book notes the eminent figures from the past, such as the 18th century engraver Ferdinand Bauer. Featuring along side 20th century heroes Sir Francis Chichester and David Shepherd (Shep) and even earlier with Romans, Doomsday Book entries, through to Clevlands and Christies local families of the time, with the Christies still residing nearby in Tapley Park. However this book is primarily a story of ordinary folk through the ages in peace and in war, sickness and in health, working and playing, on the water and on the land.

Instow evolved predominant from a Land and Gentry and farming community over the centuries, given the natural expanse of land from the waters front, which has significantly changed to the present day. Over the past three centuries the water front has given way to a modern Quay side, a railway which is now a footpath and sandy beaches with the changing tides of economic decline and prosperity.