Beer, Devon


Beer, Devon

infobox UK place
latitude= 50.7
longitude= -3.1
country = England
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official_name= Beer
population= 1,381 (2001 census)
shire_county = Devon
shire_district= East Devon
region= South West England
os_grid_reference =SY2289
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The town of Beer is in south east Devon, England, on Lyme Bay. The name is not derived from the drink but from the old Anglo-Saxon word "bearu" ("grove"), referring to the original forestation that surrounded the town. It is a picturesque coastal village, 25 miles from Exeter, that grew up around a smugglers' cove and caves which were once used to store contraband goods. These are now part of the attraction of the town. Many of the buildings are faced with flint a hard glassy stone found in the local chalk rock.

Historically, the main sources of income for the town include fishing and lace production. Boats are winched up the beach as there is no harbour, and fresh fish is sold nearby.

A brook winds its way in an open conduit alongside the main road down to the sea. It was said that you were not truly a local until you had fallen into it!Fact|date=October 2008

The shape of the coastline allowed local seafarers to operate in weather conditions when other towns could not, as it is protected from the prevailing westerly winds by Beer Head and the chalk cliffs.

Today, the sources of income are mainly tourism and fishing. Beer is also the home of the Pecorama model railway exhibition centre.

Beer has a steep pebble beach. This makes walking on the beach difficult. Long rubber mats — actually recycled conveyor belts — are laid down to assist walkers.

Beer is home to an enormous man-made cave complex, the Beer Quarry Caves, resulting from the quarrying of Beer stone. This stone has been prized since Roman times, because of its workability for carving and for its gentle yellow colour on exposure to air. Beer stone was used in the construction of 24 cathedrals around the UK, including Exeter Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral, and was also used in the building of Christchurch Cathedral, New York.

Bovey House, an Elizabethan manor house, is a mile inland.

ee also

*Exeter
*Lyme Regis
*Sidmouth
*Seaton

External links

* [http://www.beer-devon.co.uk/ Beer-Devon.co.uk]
* [http://www.devon-online.com/towns/beer/beer.html Devon-online.com]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/outdoors/walks/branscombe_cont.shtml BBC heritage walk subpage]
* [http://www.peco-uk.com/Pecorama/Pecorama.htm Pecorama]
* [http://www.europanoramas.eu/beer.htm A 360 degree 'virtual panorama' of the beach at Beer]
* [http://www.europanoramas.eu/beer-quarry.htm A 360 degree 'virtual panorama' of Beer Quarry Caves]


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