Barnstaple ship replica could revitalise ‘underused’ Strand

11:47 02 April 2014

The ‘Prudence’ Prize at Barnstaple Quay, 1590, painted by Mark Myers in 1977 and gifted to the North Devon Maritime Museum in Appledore. The ‘Prudence’ is pictured to the left of the main ship in this painting.

The ‘Prudence’ Prize at Barnstaple Quay, 1590, painted by Mark Myers in 1977 and gifted to the North Devon Maritime Museum in Appledore. The ‘Prudence’ is pictured to the left of the main ship in this painting.

This image is copyrighted. For further information please read Rights Usage Terms.

Plans for £1.5m tourist attraction to boost visitors to town centre.

The Golden Hinde II, built in Appledore in the early 1970s, is pictured sailing off the east coast of America in 1987. © Joel Rogers, 1987.The Golden Hinde II, built in Appledore in the early 1970s, is pictured sailing off the east coast of America in 1987. © Joel Rogers, 1987.

PLANS are being drawn up to revitalise Barnstaple’s ‘underused’ Strand area with a traditional timber Elizabethan ship.

A replica of The Prudence, a sixteenth century ship owned by local merchant and former Mayor of Barnstaple Richard Dodderidge, is being seen as a possible attraction to boost visitors to the town centre.

The reopening up of the Great Quay and improvements to the Heritage Centre also form part of a suggestion being explored by North Devon Council.

A report by the council’s senior regeneration officer said improvements to the Strand in 2006 had not increased footfall as anticipated and the open space was not fully utilised.

The Golden Hinde II pictured under construction at J Hinks & Son Shipbuilders in Appledore, in 1971. The ship was launched on April 5, 1973. It is coincidentally the ship’s 41st birthday this weekend. © Hinks FamilyThe Golden Hinde II pictured under construction at J Hinks & Son Shipbuilders in Appledore, in 1971. The ship was launched on April 5, 1973. It is coincidentally the ship’s 41st birthday this weekend. © Hinks Family

It said a ‘wet weather attraction’ was needed to draw tourists across the river from the proposed Asda store at Anchorwood Bank.

A footbridge and cycleway across the river is also in the offing as part of the Asda development.

The report, set to go before the council’s executive committee on Tuesday, April 8, said: “The intention is not that the ship would sail, but that it would be a tourist attraction forming part of the museum, and host corporate events.

“The ship would be visible from both bridges and celebrate the town’s maritime heritage.”

The report said the ship would cost in the region of £1.5million and be built in situ to provide opportunities for apprenticeships and training.

The entire project would be funded by The Coastal Communities Fund pending a successful application.

The only known picture of the Prudence was painted by Hartland artist Mark Myers in 1977 and gifted to the North Devon Maritime Museum in Appledore.

It is understood, the galleon would be similar to the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind, built at J Hinks & Son Shipbuilders in Appledore, in the early 1970s.

What do you think? Could a traditional ship replica help boost footfall on the Strand in Barnstaple? Email newsdesk@nborthdevongazette.co.uk telephone 01271 345056 or write to us at the usual address.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Sunday, August 30, 2015
The Torrington Trumpton bonfire 2015.

Crowds were treated to a giant charity bonfire and spectacular fireworks display in Torrington last night (Saturday).

Read more
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Winkleigh Airfield aircraft watch tower

A two-storey World War Two watchtower and parts of a secret wartime airfield are being auctioned for £35,500-£50,000 on September 22, along with its nine acres of land and several outbuildings.

Read more
Friday, August 28, 2015
Bideford Hospital.

Health bosses announces plans for sessions in Hatherleigh, Lynton and Barnstaple

Read more
Friday, August 28, 2015

Fire fighters rushed to flat in Marlborough Court, Bideford, where they found a woman trapped inside and smoke issuing from the building.

Read more
Friday, August 28, 2015
Artist's impression of the completed Anchorwood Bank development

Firs stage of major Barnstaple development will be completed by Christmas 2016

Read more
Friday, August 28, 2015
Natalie Jones lost her life in the collision near Knowle. Picture: Michelle Ley

A 30-year-old from Ilfracombe has been questioned by police following the fatal collision on August 21

Read more
Friday, August 28, 2015

Three cars scratched in Springfield Road and another damaged in Bellaire

Read more
Friday, August 28, 2015

Traffic is reportedly backed up after collision on the B3230 between the A39 and Muddiford Inn.

Read more
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Hundreds of people met in Barnstaple on Thursday evening to release purple balloons in memory of Katie Gammon, who died on Sunday. Picture: Andy Keeble

Family and friends line banks of the river to remember inspirational teen.

Read more
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Ilfracombe Carnival 2015

It’s carnival time as the town celebrates

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition


North Devon's trusted business finder