History of Lynton and Lynmouth Part 1

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Lynnton and Lynmouth have a very interesting history and I am starting a series of Blogs about the history of Lynton and Lynmouth taken from a book by :

John Travis called ‘An Illustrated History of Lynton and Lynmouth’ 1770 to 1914 IBSN Number 1 85983 0234

During this series, I will also give a history of The Lynhurst.

He starts with the introduction where he informs us that Lynton and Lynmouth’s history is not one of invading armies but a story of ordinary folk struggling to make a living in the hostile environment of the Exmoor Coast.

In our modern lives where everything is accessible, we forget that in the eighteenth century the parish of Lynton was little-known and a little-visited.  It was then located on a remote stretch of the North Devon Coast and over fifty miles from the main tourist route.  It was separated by twenty miles of barren moorland from the small towns of Ilfracombe to the west, Barnstaple to the south west and Minehead to the east

There was a small herring fishing fleet running out of Lynmouth which was a cluster of small fishermen’s cottages crouched beneath the steep cliffs  and grouped around the harbour.  This is where the rivers of the East and West Lyn containing the rushing waters of the Moor and poured into Lynmouth Bay..

Lynton was perched high above the 450 feet high cliffs consisting of the parish church St Mary The Virgin and the farming community with the thatched cottages grouped around three farms.

I will continue the series week by week which will build into an informative dialogue of Lynton and Lynmouth which has seen a series of disasters in its long history.