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Watercolour Foreland Point Lynmouth Exmoor Devon
19th Century Watercolour Foreland Point Lynmouth Exmoor Devon. This nice watercolour was painted around 1870. A man with horse, cart and dog with a load of rocks. The unusual rheinish tower is a prominent feature. Lynton and Lynmouth owe a great deal to one very generous benefactor Sir Ge Newnes, the publisher who loved the place and lived at a great mansion Hollerday House. The place unfortunately burned to the ground in 1913 in mysterious circumstances . The house was built on hollerday hill above Lynton. The hill is mainly wooded and there is a nice walk up from behind the town hall. The site of the house can be seen along with the remains of an iron age settlement on the hill. There are some great views east to Foreland Point and west along the valley rocks. The steep gradient between the two villages had always been a deterrent to visit and hard work for the locals. In 1887 Newnes and Thomas Hewitt (Later Sir Thomas Hewitt K.C) began a project using recently patented invention by local engineer Bob Jones, to lay 900 foot twin track up the 1 in 1.75 gradient. The railway opened in 1890 and apart from new track in 1908 operates now as it always has. Total cost of the project was 8,000 and there has never been an accident. In the early days of motoring when the road hill was too steep for cars between the two villages, the railway transported cars up the gradient for between 7s. and 6d. depending on the size of the car! It is in its original glazed frame with grey mount. Size: 37cm by 58cm


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