Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Clovelly waterfall appears to pour out of the cliff face, and legend tells that the cave behind is where Merlin, King Arthur's magician, was born. In reality, the stream used by villagers for drinking water used to flow down the village street, but when mains water finally arrived, the stream was diverted and now emerges as the waterfall.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Clovelly Lifeboat Station

Clovelly’s first lifeboat station was built in 1870 after a disastrous storm, when many fishing boats were destroyed and local fishermen drowned.

No launch possible - the tide was right out and the slipway high and dry.


Friday, May 15, 2015

The green door is known as Oberammergau Cottage. It is decorated with wood carvings brought from Oberammergau in Bavaria by Christine Hamlyn, the owner of Clovelly, who visited there in 1910. There is also a second house with Oberammergau carvings just around the corner.

Oberammergau carvings

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

And we also visited the Fisherman's Cottage, brightly painted ochre, contrasting well with the deep blue sky.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Methodist Church was quite a surprise with its very bright green walls. It was built around 1820.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Our first stop was to look at the Queen Victoria Fountain.It was set in the white-washed wall in 1901 in memory of Queen Victoria and was designed by Lady Feodora Gleichen (first female RA).


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Drivers regulations from 1928
Just in case you cant read them:

Clovelly Estate
Regulations for Donkey Drivers
  1. Two Donkeys only per owner allowed to ply for hire
  2. No  more than four Donkeys to be on the rank at one time. All other Donkeys to be kept in the shed       
  3. No person weighing more than 9 stones 8 pounds is to be carried up the street, and on no account must Donkeys be used for carrying passengers (except cripples and invalids) down the street. If there is any doubt as to a person’s weight, the Donkey driver is responsible for seeing that use is made of the weighing machine kept for this purpose.
  4. Proper attention must be paid to the watering and feeding of the Donkeys. Girths to be kept loose until the Donkey is actually hired. 
  5. No Donkey driver to ply for hire unless licensed by the Estate. Number badges for the Donkeys, issued by the Estate, must be worn on the front of the bridle. 
  6. The Donkey shed and stand to be kept clean and sanitary. 
  7. No driver to be in charge of more than two Donkeys, which must be led on the return journey. 
  8. The attention of drivers is drawn to the following regulation made by the Rural District Council: “Any Donkeys proceeding with passengers beyond the fountain must then return to the shed by way of the Turnpike Road”.  
  9.  Owners of Donkeys plying for hire will be required to pay the Clovelly Estate the sum of ten shillings per annum for each Donkey; the first payment to be at Michaelmas 1928.
Estate Office, Clovelly   
23rd July 1928

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Clovelly is famous for its donkeys that can carry stuff up the slope, but there are strict rules about going down. here on the left is the old English donkey, Noah, and on the right is the rather larger French donkey, Pierre.


Friday, May 08, 2015

The cobbled street of Clovelly, Devon.
It drops some 400 feet from the visitor centre at the top to the harbour at the bottom.

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