A wet Saturday morning, and the scenic drive along the Dorset coastline, and then across Exmoor to North Devon, was largely a white out! But as we drove down through the wooded valley leading to Combe Martin, we emerged from the low cloud and the sun was trying to shine.
We explored the pretty nearby village of Berrynarbor where my great grandparents William and Selina Snow grew up. I have written more about their lives on my other family history blog. Their family trees have been difficult to unravel, but in Berrynarbor churchyard I found the grave of Ephraim and Jane Street, who I believe to be Selina’s grandparent, and my 3x great grandparents.
After their marriage William and Selina moved a few miles along the coast to the growing Victorian resort of Ilfracombe, where William had a florists shop. We found the house where they were living in the 1901 and 1911 censuses, and where my grandmother Mabel Jane Snow spent her early years.
Down on the harbour side we saw Damian Hirst’s impressive larger than life sculpture “Verity”. Slightly incongruous but it makes an impact. I can’t imagine what ever my great grandparents would have made of it!