Sandy Bay

Devon cliffs  covers 170 acres and has magnificent views from its cliff top hillside position. Devon cliffs has it's own beach, 'Sandy Bay' with sandstone cliffs which is a natural sun trap. It is a large sheltered cove approximately half a mile long. In 1931, Mr Cyril Lee farmed at West Down which was a time of agricultural depression, so he constructed five chalets for visitors. By 1934 there were ten chalets and a small cafe.
Over the years it has grown from just a few chalets and the odd caravan to the huge complex it is today. In 1979 the Rank organisation acquired the lease and at this time it changed its name to Devon Cliffs. It is now run by Haven Holidays and has facilities for tents, tourers and static caravans. Quite a few of which are privately owned. It is one of the largest caravan holiday parks in Britain.

The bungalow in the background is where my Grandmother lived and she also used to run the café. Her name was Nancy Royston. My father, Cyril also used to work there. She used to run Old Time Dancing in Littleham village Hall on Wednesday nights. My grandmother paid to have this and several other pictures taken, but unfortunately they were lent to someone who never returned them to my father. I am hoping to try to trace them so I can put a few more on the page to compare with the site today.

This is how the same view looks today



This is straight point as it looked at the start of the 20th century .

The same view today

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