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Salcombe Hill near Sidmouth

Salcombe Hill near Sidmouth

Engraver: Havell

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: K Top Vol 11

Item number: 126

Length: 25.9

Width: 42.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

This view of Salcombe Hill is taken from across the bay, overlooking the small town of Sidmouth. Sidmouth was a small fishing village which, by the end of the 18th century had become moderately popular as a sea-bathing resort. It never attracted large scale development, and the sea front had old cottages and some newer Georgian terraces. Salcombe Hill is a the cliff behind the town. There was also the separate maritime settlement of Salcombe. By the late 18th century, there were a number of gentlemen's houses built on the cliff slopes overlooking the estuary.

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