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Mentone Terrace in the 1920’s
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A band plays on the patch of land above Summerleaze which was known as Mentone Terrace – originally it was Mentone quarry, since this is a place from which a lot of the stone used to build Summerleaze Crescent was obtained (other quarries which supplied much of the stone for the extensive building of the 1880’s to 1910’s were at Tiscott, via Stone Hill,...

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Iron Bridge in 1968
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Originally built to carry the wagons – which traversed an extensive system of rails, much of which now lies beneath Summerleaze Beach – bringing sand to to the waiting tub boats on the canal, this is Iron Bridge in 1968. Seen here are an enthusiastic group of people carrying out one of the favourite summer occupations – crabbing! Nothing could beat a few hours,...

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Captain Brinton’s Footbridge
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Having retired after captaining the Bude ship ‘Elizabeth’ for many years, William Brinton, made the most of the summer days of his retirement by transporting people across the river at Summerleaze by one of two methods. When the tide was out, as here, he had a portable footbridge, which people could cross, keeping their feet dry, for 1d. On an incoming tide, the bridge...

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Two beach cafes – Summerleaze 1929
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A transitional moment at Summerleaze in 1929; the old Beach Tea Rooms (centre) are in the process of replacement by the newly built beach cafe, on the left. This latter building lasted until fairly recently, when it was itself replaced by Life’s a...

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Mentone Terrace in 1928
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Mentone Terrace in 1928; the old Beach Tea Rooms, on the right, will be replaced the following year by the new beach cafe. In the background, Westcliff House has not yet been enlarged and the Grenville has not yet gained its west...

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Summerleaze in the 1920’s
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The Beach Tea Rooms look in danger of sliding down onto Summerleaze in this shot from the early 1920’s. It was probably to prevent such a calamity that the sea wall was built there. The whole area looks much less organised and developed than it does a few years...

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Summerleaze before the pool
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In this fairly poorly tinted postcard from the 1920’s, is a south-facing view showing the area of Summerleaze where the sea pool will be built. You can trace the shape of the pool in the rocks, just the structure is...

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Summerleaze – Monday’s Pit 1920
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Another view of Monday’s Pit on Summerleaze beach in 1920, before the pool was built. The steps from Summerleaze Down are there – although they look a bit unsafe – but the concrete area with the steps up from the beach will not exist for another 10 years. At the back are the Beach Tea Rooms and an unaltered Summerleaze...

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Elizabeth at Summerleaze in 1912
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Wrecked in a heavy sea on 16th February 1912 whilst entering Bude with a cargo of coal from Newport, the pictures of the Elizabeth look similar to those of the President Garfield. She went aground roughly where today there are the steps up to the sea pool and became a total wreck. Her mast was later recovered and was erected on Summerleaze Down as...

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Elizabeth at Summerleaze in 1912
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Wrecked in a heavy sea on 16th February 1912 whilst entering Bude with a cargo of coal from Newport, the pictures of the Elizabeth look similar to those of the President Garfield, with various pictures of the lifeboat approaching to take off the crew. She later became a total wreck, breaking up near today’s sea pool. Her mast was later used as a flagstaff...

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