Clovelly 2 - An English Fishing Village  by Simon Groves

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Looking back to “home” from the harbour mouth at Clovelly. (By Simon)

Oil on Canvas – Small around 14" by 10".

Beautiful Clovelly!!!
Mentioned in the Domesday Book, it has its origins rooted deep in Saxon times. Often referred to as Devon’s Secret Treasure, this lovely place has remained largely unchanged for centuries.

With its single cobbled street plunging in wide steps between quaint cottages to the sea some half a mile below, Clovelly is not for the faint hearted.

You’ll need plenty of stamina and comfy shoes as transport up and down the steep slopes is on foot – or on the back of a mule.

Those who do decide to descend the narrow slope are richly rewarded by the sight of flower-decked cottages all tantalisingly different in shape, size and colour.

Cottages tumble over one another and at some of the steepest points, the door of one house looks out on the roof of its neighbour.

Once below, you are greeted by a small curving quay with an old inn facing the sheltered harbour estuary.

It’s alive with pleasure boats and fishing craft, many of which provide crab and lobster to the cafes and inns that populate this picturesque village.

The Hamlyn family, Lords of the Manor, first occupied Clovelly Court in 1738 and credit to them for maintaining many of its cottages.

Both house and village are now owned by a trust.

Take a boat ride from Ilfracombe to the National Trust island of Lundy, a peaceful and unspoilt granite outcrop where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel – with nothing lying between it and the east coast of America.

My work is eclectic, pychological and profound and hopefully, attractive and beautiful for hanging on your wall… or sticking on your iPhone as a case… enjoy!

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  • Daidalos
    Daidalosover 4 years ago

    Wonderful work

  • cassiegirl
    cassiegirlover 4 years ago

    Lovely composition and colours – I feel that I know the place :)

  • That is so sweet, I was there just two days ago, I feel you do too! It was like being in this painting.

    – Simon Groves

  • S .
    S .over 4 years ago

    beautiful work !

  • Thank you very much!

    – Simon Groves

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMover 4 years ago

    Just magical. Love it

  • Thank you, it’s a magical timeless place.

    – Simon Groves

  • mltrue
    mltrueover 4 years ago


  • thank you :-)

    – Simon Groves

  • YoPedro
    YoPedroover 4 years ago

    This is beautiful. The way it feels compressed.

  • Thank you very much, I agree with what you say “compressed”, like when the light is all on the front, it feels flat in a way.

    – Simon Groves

  • LindaJBazor
    LindaJBazorover 4 years ago

    Love it!

  • Thank you very much Linda! I feel honoured!… smiling away, made my evening thank you!!!

    – Simon Groves

  • Kathleen Stephens
    Kathleen Stephensover 4 years ago

    Great painting. Love the style.

  • Thank you very much Kathleen.

    – Simon Groves

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness I’ve been here and it’s such a charming place! Beautiful work Simon.

  • Hello Georgie, I know…it is one of my all time favorite villages in the world….(in the parts that I have visited :) And is just a few miles up the road from me….. it is magical……a little charming Time Capsule….

    – Simon Groves

  • citywind
    citywindover 4 years ago

    just great Bright…very nice and well done!

  • thank you citywind…. thank you very much! Simon

    – Simon Groves

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