Link House


With United Services College in the background linkk-house-good


The original Link House was situated on the eastern end of the Estate, built in about 1881/82 and named Link House by a devotee of golf, possibly a Mr Prior, who leased the land in 1882 from James Taylor Esq.

24 June 1882 the Link House plot was leased to R.C. Prior 99 years

The building was a large 7 bedroomed gentlemen’s residence, with large garden, lawns and a small enclosure of arable land. A very popular lodging house. 

In 1906 Mrs Marion Molesworth (died 8 October 1921) lived in Link House. She was the wife of Reginald Molesworth (brother of George Mill Frederick Molesworth a well known and distinguished gentlemen of Westward Ho!)

During WW2 it was occupied by the Americans and later became derelict. It was at one time considered to be turned into a Nursing Home. In 1967 the property was demolished to make way for flats. The second phase was completed in late 1980’s making 48 flats and garages.


Census records:


HouseNameAgeOccupationWhere born
Marine VillaRobert PRIOR57Head builder (employing 20 men, 12 boys)Devon, Powderham
Mary A63WifeAbbotshowm
Ann ESSERY40Daughter in Law, Dressmaker
William T GEONSAN?40Grandson, ScholarBideford
Elizabeth Harris13Domestic servantNortham


HouseNameAgeOccupationWhere born
Eastbourne TerraceRichard C PRIOR42Bideford
Sarah PRIOR42Winsford Somerset
Montague PRIOR13Bideford
Mary Ann PRIOR11
Fanny PRIOR2Northam
Ann EMERY54unmarried Abbotsham, Devon
Harriot MOUNCE13Northam


The site in 1985: