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Clovelly, Devon

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Clovelly, Devon

The modern history of Clovelly started with the acquisition of Clovelly Estate by the Hamlyn family in 1738. Since then Hamlyn and Clovelly have been synonymous, with the ownership of the estate still being in the family. From Elizabethan days, the fishing of herrings was the staple activity and the village prospered on this basis until the shoals began to move away in the 1830s and the season was much shortened. However, in the middle of the 19th century, Charles Kingsley returned to the village where he had been brought up when his father was rector and, inspired by the atmosphere, wrote "The Water Babies" and "Westward Ho!". This and the Victorian love of the sea produced a tourism boom and by the end of the century ships were arriving from around the Bristol Channel to land excursionists by small boat on to the pebbled shore.

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