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Tideford lies in the upper reaches of the river Tiddy, giving the name to the ford on the Tiddy – Tideford. The bridge over the Tiddy dates from the 14th century.

The busy A38 cuts right through Tideford, splitting the village in half. It has a cosy and sometimes lively pub, the Rod and Line, to the north and a fine butchers to the south.

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Tideford, history and present-day details

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Tideford is a SE Cornsih village that is split in half by the A38 between Saltash and Trerulefoot. It derives its name from the River Tiddy, and so Tideford is pronounced by locals as ‘tidifad’.

While there is no mention of Tideford in the Doomsday book, it is thought the village dates back to 1100AD. The little bridge over the Tiddy is said to date back to the 1300s.

Tideford grew from the 18th century thanks to Port Eliot Estate (St Germans), which provided a number of houses in Tideford village. These would have been tied cottages used by workers of the Estate. Many have now been sold on, but Bridge House, located at the bottom of Bridge Road, is still the Estate’s gatehouse. Beyond the gatehouse there is a private road that runs alongside the Tiddy and leads to the Earl’s manner house at Port Eliot (can be viewed by Google Maps)

Although small, the village has a branch of the Royal British Legion, a pub, a butchers shop and of course a church.

The Rod & Line is well known locally as a great place for entertainment and good food. It’s a tiny bar area and even smaller eating area, but the food, especially the crab, is to die for. They lay on live music most weekends are are host to many up and coming bands.

The butchers is also well known and many local restaurants are proud to buy their produce and sing their praise

©Paul Michael

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