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Boscastle is one of North Cornwall's most famous villages, sitting on the coastline, nestling between high surrounding cliffs with its little harbour offering protection from the often violent Atlantic storms. The inner jetty embraces a small area of low-tide sand and was rebuilt by Sir Richard Grenville in 1584; he was captain of the Revenge and died fighting the Spanish. The outer breakwater was built in the early 19th century when slate was shipped from Boscastle. This construction stood quite successfully until 1941 when a drifting sea-mine connected with it causing major damage. It is with thanks to the National Trust that this small villages, like so many others, is being protected by the work of the Trust. They rebuilt the breakwater in 1962. The village must be one of North Cornwall's most photographed and painted landscapes.

Monday August 16th 2004 changed Boscastle forever.

Along with Crackington Haven, a little further North, the village suffered severe damage from flash floods. The remnants of Hurricane Alex, heavy rainclouds formed and thundery showers caused downpours just inland of the villages. 7" being recorded within 60 minutes.

The devastation was widely reported on the news and I can bear personal witness to the incredible acts of heroism and selflessness afforded by the local residents, holiday makers and emergency services. Some 150 people had to be assisted and many air lifted out. Thankfully no-one was killed or seriously injured but it is said that 75 cars, 5 caravans, 6 buildings and several boats were washed out to sea, approximately 100 homes and businesses were destroyed.

Boscastle had been rebuilt and back open for business but personally I don't think it 'feels' the same.


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