Terry Beales

Terry Beales

Posted on 04/24/2008


Photo taken on April 23, 2008




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Hallsands - ruin

Hallsands - ruin
Hallsands is a deserted village and beach in south Devon, England, in a precarious position between cliffs and the sea, between Beesands to the north and Start Point to the south.

The site of the old village at South Hallsands, is closed, although South Hams District Council has built a viewing platform, which is accessed from Trout's Apartments (formerly Trout's Hotel) in South Hallsands.

The beach at North Hallsands, known locally at the time as "Greenstraight", is the only one remaining at Hallsands as the beach beside the village no longer exists having been removed in 1917 by the storm.

On 26 January 1917, a combination of easterly gales and exceptionally high tides breached Hallsands' defences, and by the end of that year only one house remained habitable.

There are now two houses that remain intact, although every summer the owners spend many months repairing the damage the easterly winds have caused over the winter.

There is a more in-depth and descriptive version of the story on the BBC Devon website.

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