The village of Croyde takes its name from a Viking raider called CRYDDA who settled in the area from around 794 and went on to become its ruler.
Croyde is generally believed to be a pre Saxon era settlement and the word Cride is Celtic for stream or river.
There is no sign of the Romans in North Devon. The Romans called the region Dumnonia indicating they could not understand the natives.
Nothing new there then!
It was said that King Arthur was hiding out on Lundy Island which was another Viking settlement.
Croyde is in the Domesday Book of 1068 called Crideholda and again in 1242 now called Crideho and a small name change in 1276 to Crude and from then on it changed again to Croyde the name we all know now. The story goes that Crydda the ruler of Croyde was unhappy when the king of England said that he owned everything below the high tide mark. Crydda sought council with the King, and an agreement was made between the king and Crydda so that Crydda would own the entire beach to the low tide mark. This meant that he could moor and unload his Viking long ships.
This unusual ownership of the beach still exists today but as we all know ultimately only surfers own the waves.
See you in the surf !