Wade was granted a market and fair in 1312 but this small settlement at the lowest crossing point of the River Camel stagnated. It was after the bridge was built around 1460 that the small town began to benefit from the passing trade.

One of the last trains to be seen at Wadebridge station, closed in the 1960s

Population 1861: 2,000

Population 2011: 6,700

Planned population 2031: 8,800

With its proximity to the coast, to upmarket restaurants and to Newquay airport Wadebridge has become very attractive to speculative developers. One from Leicester has permission to build on this field.