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Hallsands village, Devon

Hallsands is a deserted village and beach in South Devon. It stands in a precarious position between cliffs and the sea, between Beesands to the north and Start Point to the south.

The early history of Hallsands is unknown, but a chapel has existed there since at least 1506. The site of the village was located at a cave known as Poke Hole, and probably was not inhabited before 1600. The village grew in size during the 18th and 19th centuries, and by 1891 it had 37 houses, a spring, a public house called the London Inn, and a population of 159. Most residents of Hallsands at that time depended on fishing for a living, particularly crab fishing on the nearby Skerries Bank.

In the 1890s, following a scheme proposed by Sir John Jackson, it was decided to expand the naval dockyard at Keyham, near Plymouth, and dredging began offshore from Hallsands to provide sand and gravel for its construction. Soon, up to 1,600 tons of material was being removed each day, and the level of the beach began to drop, much to the alarm of local residents. The Board of Trade agreed to establish a local inquiry in response to protests from villagers, who feared that the dredging might destabilise the beach and thereby threaten the village. The inquiry found that the activity was not likely to pose a significant threat to the village, so dredging continued. By 1900, however, the level of the beach had started to fall. In the autumn storms that year, part of the sea wall was washed away. In November 1900, villagers petitioned their Member of Parliament complaining of damage to their houses, and in March 1901 Kingsbridge Rural District Council wrote to the Board of Trade complaining of damage to the road. In September 1901 a new Board of Trade inspector concluded that further severe storms could cause serious damage and recommended that dredging be stopped. On 8 January 1902 the dredging licence was revoked. During 1902 the level of the beach recovered; however the winter of 1902 brought more storms and damage.

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. The villagers' fight for compensation took seven years.

Local Accommodation

Cottages

Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Stokenham, Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Strete.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowDartmouth

arrowModbury

arrowPaignton

arrowBrixham

Hotels

Hotels

Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowSalcombe

	arrowDartmouth

	arrowKingsbridge

	arrowDittisham

Caravans

Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Kingsbridge, Brixham, Paignton and Newton Abbot.

Nearby Attractions

Attractions

There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:

Salcombe

	arrowOverbeck's Garden

Kingswear

	arrowColeton Fishacre Garden

Dartmouth

	arrowWoodlands Leisure Park

	arrowDartmouth Castle

	arrowFlavel Arts Centre

	arrowBritannia Royal Naval Museum

	arrowGreenway

Brixham

	arrowBrixham Theatre

	arrowGreenway Ferry and Pleasure Cruises

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