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Villages by the Sea

Series 1

Clovelly

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Channel IslandsLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 2 months

Archaeologist Ben Robinson reveals the story of this Devon coastal gem’s transformation from fishing village to romantic Victorian seaside resort.

Our coastal villages are often seen as remote places for retreat and relaxation. However, they have often been on the front line of history - from the arrival of Christianity to battles with neighbours and nature, from slave trading to the birth of modern tourism.

Thanks to a powerful and pioneering woman, Clovelly found itself at the forefront of the Victorian seaside holiday revolution. Even today cars are banned and the village is privately owned, helping to preserve it as a reminder of a bygone age. Show less

Contributors

Presenter:
Ben Robinson
Producer:
Jo Horsey
Director:
Jo Horsey
Executive Producer:
Tony Parker
Executive Producer:
Diana Hare

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