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"Instow Town" Instow Local Custom Tip by cuckoo

Instow Local Customs: 1 reviews and 1 photos


I found this poem just recently. It was written by a man who used to live in this village. Although it was written in the last century, much of Instow and its lifestyle remains unchanged.

If you should care to come with me
I'd take you south of Severn Sea
(Prepared for sun or rain)
To where, a splash of white and brown
The cottages of Instow Town
Bestride a Devon Lane

No Town Hall tops a market square
No clever-tongued Town Council's there
No mill machines are humming
The sheep bells and the buzzards' mew
The only sounds that come to you
Those, and the brown snipe drumming

A forge, a few thatched cottages
White-washed alike, do all comprise
And, as you wander down
You'll maybe meet a farmers gig
Some barnyard fowls or a pig
In all that thriving Town

Or come and climb the sheep-crowned hill
Turn to the west and gaze your fill
Over a grey church tower -
You had not noticed it before
Tucked in the combe - at Appledore
Bath'd in a passing shower

There go the ships, both small and large
Ferryboat, schooner, gravel barge
About the estuary
While, like a warship in the Bay
Hull down, and twenty miles away
Lies Lundy, and the sea

18.4.42 Ted Beckwith

I have just realised, while writing this, that Mr Beckwith wrote it on my birthday, but many years before I was born!

I must tell you that if you follow the signpost up to Instow town, please do not go there expecting shops. It is just a few cottages and the school. I have spent a lot of time at this school, as both of my sons have attended it as did I! I am sure that there cannot be another school anywhere with views to match this. Just over the brow of the hill is the Parish Church. The views from here are spectacular. You can see right out over Bideford Bay, to Lundy Island and beyond. In the field just down from the Church Yard is a lighthouse, and another one is by the beach, they have to be inline for the ships coming into the Port of Bideford to get safely over the bar.

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  • Written Sep 5, 2002
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