W is for Wall

This is Clovelly’s 14th Century Harbour wall.  Apparently they started building it in the 13th century and then extended it in the 16th, and lengthened it again in 1826.

For those who aren’t familiar with Clovelly, it is a small village in Devon, the county beside Cornwall where we live.  What makes it different from the many sea-side villages here in England?  Well for one, it’s the only village that is privately owned and has been associated with only three families since the 13th century.

So yep, you can’t buy a house here in Clovelly, nor rent.  I think you have to apply to live there (that is, if there are any vacant houses at all!), and be approved by the custodian of the village.

Clovelly is a beautiful village.  It’s as if time has stopped ticking here.  The streets are cobbled and the old cottages still  stand the way they stood hundreds of years ago.  If you’re in the area and haven’t visited, this is one place you simply have to visit!  Though a word of warning, they do charge and admittedly, I found it a bit of a turn-off they way they’ve commercialised the village.  But that’s just me.

W is for Wall.



  1. I can see why they need to charge, and why they pedestrianised it, but I agree it makes it feel a bit more like a reenactment than a living village – it is beautiful though 🙂

  2. Stephanie (@LifeAt139a)

    A great W and useful info about the village which although I’d heard of I didn’t know.

  3. mummyoftwo2

    That is one impressive wall and it looks like the most beautiful village.

  4. Kriss MacDonald

    Fascinating learning about Clovelly – a private haven yet commercial. Your picture of the wall though makes you want to visit it no matter what.

    • You’re right. I think it’s still definitely worth a visit, even if you only do it once 😉

  5. Cheryl (@CherylInTheUK)

    Haven’t been to Clovelly for years. Seem to remember it is a step climb back up. That is one great wall. Steeped in history. (Like your new header. Very sweet!) #AlphabetPhoto

  6. domesstique

    Ha! Now, I am pestering my husband to take me there. 🙂 That is beautiful place, thank for sharing. x

  7. Oh wow! Gorgeous photo and intriguing story! I want to visit there now and see what all the fuss is about 🙂

    • Thank you! 🙂 Yes, Clovelly is one one of those must-visit-places, even if you only go once! 🙂

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