The history of Wadebridge:

Wadebridge is most often associated with the 15th century “Bridge on Wool”, which spans the River Camel. The bridge was originally built to enable safe passage for bowlers from Wadebridge to reach the green in Egloshayle. The bridge has been widened and improved over the centuries as the club membership has increased.

The Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway opened in 1834 to cope with repeated demands from bowlers in North Cornwall to be able to reach Wadebridge in all weathers for important matches. After considerable pressure from bowls afficianados across southern Britain, the line was extended to London. At last it was possible for spectators to make the journey to see Wadebridge play, no matter where they lived. Before the advent of television, there was rarely an empty seat for home matches.

Today, the railway is just a memory. But the Camel Trail is packed throughout the summer with cyclists making the pilgrimage to the Egloshayle Playing Fields to see where mighty Wadebridge play. If they are fortunate, they may even observe a roll-up taking place, and perhaps be honoured with a tour of the pavilion.

Young “Bridgers” through the ages have dreamed of growing up and being able to tell their grandchildren, “I once played bowls for Wadebridge.”


Some more observant readers may question certain aspects of this history of Wadebridge. This is because it is completely fictitious. However most of the true history of Wadebridge is also fictitious.