Clovelly Harbour, Devon, from The Hobby Drive north of Eastacott
The original of this I was inspired to paint for a friend. I knew they’d stayed at the Old Red Lion. Looking through my photos of Clovelly I found this one with the Old Red Lion in I’ve shown the woodland on a steep slope. It goes uphill away from the sea and harbour. Most items in this picture have a part to play. They each make the whole thing as stunning as it is
Clovelly is a picturesque fishing village located on a 400ft cliff on the North Devon Coast. It has been a filming location for Treasure Island, Sense and Sensibility and many other films. Charles Kingsley, author of the Water Babies and Westward Ho! first came to Clovelly in 1831. He came back to this stunning place many times to inspire his writing
The Rous family own Clovelly which is part of a private estate. Christine Hamlyn took over the village in 1884. On some of the cottages she renovated, are her initials. The cottages in the village are all rented by tenants who live on the estate. Attractive cobbled streets and white-washed cottages draw many tourists to Clovelly. They pay an admission fee to visit the village. Donkeys and sledges transport and deliver goods to tenants’ homes
George Cary a 16th century lawyer built the stone harbour quay. By the 1840’s, Clovelly was an important fishing port with around 60 boats in the harbour. The village keeps on being famous for its lobsters and crabs. The rugged coastline was famous for smuggling and shipwrecks. Hobby Drive was built to create work for Clovelly’s returning soldiers following the Napoleonic wars. Today it’s part of the 630 mile South West Coast Path. Clovelly’s first lifeboat station was built in 1870. The extended lifeboat building has won many conservation awards. In the past, well paid jobs for Clovelly residents included boatbuilding, limestone burning and trading in Welsh coal.
Have you been to Clovelly before, or know of someone that has? If not then don’t be at all put off.Why not make their day with this stunning card when they have a special occasion coming up? Why not brighten up your home or theirs with this stunning painting? Also available as a private commission mounted or framed wall picture or on canvas.
7″ x 5″ printed greetings card Blank Inside sold with an FSC Fern Green envelope