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Bideford is a historic port town on the estuary of the River Torridge in north Devon, south-west England. It is the main town of the Torridge local government district.ToponymyIn ancient records Bideford is recorded as Bedeford, Byddyfrod, Bedyford, Bydeford, Bytheford and Biddeford. The etymology of the name means "by the ford", and records show that before there was a bridge there was a ford at Bideford where River Torridge is estuarine, and at low tide it is possible, but not advisable, to cross the river by wading on foot. The Welsh "bydd y ffordd" means " this is the way" or "this is the road". Bideford is in Torridge. Plan your visit to Bideford and other destinations in United Kingdom using our United Kingdom journey planner.
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