Phone East the Water

Working together with East the Water in Bloom the Way of the Wharves Charity have adopted the phone box on Torrington Street, next to The Bethel Chapel.

This iconic landmark will be conserved and used by the two local groups as a community resource – promoting history and horticulture. Way of the Wharves will install information about local heritage whilst the box will look a bit different as a result of the planned floral and plant exhibits from East the Water in Bloom. 

Local ‘history and horticulture’ links include Fulfords seeds, which was for many years headquartered at Queens Wharf and Old Pottery Works, Torrington Lane which produced flower pots. 

This phone box is a K6 with a King Edwards Crown design.  K6 kiosks have been operational since the 1930’s and are constructed from a number of individual castings made from cast iron, interconnected by mild steel threaded fixings. The door comprises of a wooden framework with a cast iron or aluminium glazing frame. These require regular painting and inspection.

Tell us your phone box stories. . . 

More private landlines at home and then, of course, the explosion in ownership of mobile phones mean many phone boxes unused today. But this phone box is in a key position in East the Water, close to the station entrance and opposite the Royal Hotel. 

It must have many stories. Did it:

  • keep you in touch with distant friends, families, boyfriend, girlfriend? 
  • bring you happy news or get help at a time of crisis or emergency? 

Way of the Wharves are creating an audio archive of phone box stories. 

Tell us your phone box story. Mail your story to wotw.wharves@gmail.com or call into the library and write it down at their phone box table.

Way of the Wharves is a charity, based in Bideford, advancing the education and information about the maritime and industrial heritage of the Wharves at East the Water and the Torridge Estuary.