There is a great group on Facebook with lots of images of Ilfracombe used to be. It’s well worth visiting. It has a lot of peoples memories on it too. It would be great to bring some of Ilfracombe’s heydays back. I fear the councils plan to build lots of new homes is not the way to do it and may ruin the town in the long run, especially the plans for the bus garage.

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  1. 1 H. Diligent November 26, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    As a child spent a few happy holidays here so sad to see it now, high street needs sorting out. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to get rid of the old charm, just smarten it up.
    My aunt came to live here …married a chemist can’t remember his name but it was a big chemist on the high street. I believe they moved to Dawlish much later. On the off chance maybe someone may remember the chemist. Would be nice to know.
    By the way I’m not too keen on Verity! But people come to see her so can be good for tourism. I agree wholeheartedly with the suggestion of empty shops being used for bill boarding providing it’s done with ‘taste’. And the garden shop….lovely!

    • 2 Lee @ Designed By Good People November 28, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Thanks for your comments. It is sad to see it now, although the sea front is getting a little better. I agree about not losing it’s charm. The local cllrs should visit Totnes and Hastings Old Town to see how it could and should be done.

      I grew up in Ilfracombe and still have family there. We visit a few times a year. Sadly, each year the high streets seems to be going downhill, like many high streets. It lacks vision and leadership. We created this blog after we were asked to look at the high street by the North Devon Journal. Since then we have worked with about 14 different local authorities around London on high street regeneration. Unfortunately, the local council didn’t want any help from us, which we offered.

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