Can you help me identify where this photograph was taken?

I’m sure that someone will be able to recognise where this photograph of my father’s was taken fairly easily, but it’s defeated my brain as well as the well-known image search engine I’ve tried.

Devon village - 1950sThe picture is from the mid-1950s and is most likely to be somewhere in Devon, probably South or East Devon judging by the other slides in the box that it came from. The two most obvious landmarks are the Beach House Hotel, opposite what is presumably a restaurant or tea room called The Lobster Pot. Unsurprisingly, there are far too many hotels called ‘Beach House’ and too many restaurants or tea rooms called ‘The Lobster Pot’ to sensibly refine the search.

The church steeple looks distinctive and there also appears to be something worth taking a photograph in the right foreground. I think that’s what the person in the raincoat stood in front of the Morris is doing. Another sign that it might have been a cold day is the smoke coming out of the chimney on the left hand side … but maybe not, as there’s someone in shorts by the Beach House Hotel too!

Any help would be gratefully accepted – please leave me a comment if you think you know where it might have been taken.

 

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  1. tim

    Mystery solved! It’s Fore Street in Beer, Devon. Thanks to everyone who contacted me within seconds of me posting this and in particular to my good friend Gail who was the first to identify it for me.

  2. Mark V

    I won’t take the credit for this – Shirley immediately suggested Beer in Devon, and within a few minutes playing around with Google Streetview, we found the spot! See https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?sll=50.699284,-3.096623&sspn=0.0417527,0.0878939&q=hotel+beer+devon&output=classic&dg=ntvo , looking up Fore Street at the junction with The Meadows,

    Beach House Hotel is still very recognisable although it has now been converted to Beech Court, a collection of rather upmarket looking properties. The distinctive place opposite is now Marine House at Beer. The church has amazingly lost its steeple! “It originally had a spire, but this was removed in 1964 for safety reasons, and replaced with the current tower.” – see http://www.beer-devon.co.uk/village-amenities/st-michaels-church/

    We’ve spent many great days wandering up and down this street at the start or end of coastal walks. Beer is very picturesque and well worth a visit.

    • tim

      Thanks Mark – your comment is much appreciated. My in-laws and daughter live not too far away from that part of the world, so the next time I’m down there I shall certainly go and take a look.

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