Westward Ho! is a popular seaside resort in north Devon, near Bideford and has the distinction of being the only place name in the British Isles that has an exclamation mark in its official name.  It has a long sandy beach, which attracted Victorian visitors, but lacked holiday accommodation.

Charles Kingsley published the novel, ‘Westward Ho!’ in 1855, which was set in Bideford.  Today, it would be called a “best seller” and attracted visitors to the area who were developing a passion for sea bathing.  In 1864, a family hotel and lodging houses were built and given the name of Westward Ho! Hotel to be associated with the novel.  As tourism increased and more holiday accommodation was needed, the whole village acquired the name of Westward Ho!.

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About The Photographer

Alison Avery

I hope that you enjoy browsing the photographs on my website. They demonstrate the rich variety of scenery we have in Britain within a relatively short distance. It has been a great pleasure for me to visit different parts of the country to capture the beauty of our countryside, coast and villages. For as long as I can remember, I have loved taking photographs and drawing and painting pictures of British scenes. I am continually adding more photographs to the website. All photographs are copyright © Alison Avery.