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Happisburgh  12 April 2012

 

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Demolition was punctuated by much inactivity, as the job could only continue at the pace at which rubble was removed by the lorries.  A dump was being filled with rubble near the old car park.

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The cline of houses to be demolished has only reached the second bungalow after just a few days.

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To the south of the demolition the area known as 'Low Light', after the second Happisburgh lighthouse, has seen some accumulations of sand but, at high water, the beach is relatively narrow. Beach shelving is a strong feature.

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Further south still the drifting sand has almost reached the top of the cliff line. Looking northwards in the centre and right, the clay-basement resists as a temporary headland.

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Beach scenes on the walk northwards, having walked south along the cliff. A miniature crevasse, centre, fascinated me.

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Views north from Low Light.

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The strand line is well displayed, left and centre, as is the new ramp.

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Hastening north under a strengthening sun, scenes of the clay basement on the foreshore and, centre, the demolition works provide a backdrop to the rip-rap and breakers.

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More shots over the clay basement, northwards on the left and to the south in the centre. The growing dune field is starting to attract some vegetation.

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The new access ramp to the beach at Happisburgh with, on the right, a family leading its horses down for exercise! There are signs of erosion on the ramp, and it has certainly been re-cut recently.

 

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The rip-rap guarding the old promontory in front of the bungalows still does a job on its southern edge. Centre is a shot from the ramp over eroding soft cliffs.

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Lowering beach levels give the rip-rap a more difficult task, and breakers surge through the defences.

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At the bend in the coastline, beach lowering has left the rip-rap largely ineffective. The promontory has been eliminated and only a knick in the coastline, where it changes direction inland, is left. The beach was barely passable at high water and cliff has been lost in front of the bungalows ... but not the houses.

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Scenes looking northwards on the beach in front of the houses; there is a break in the rip rap at this point.

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Photos taken from the clay basement layer, all to the south. Rain and spray had made the surface slick and sticky in turn. The way clay eroded at the coast, in blocks, is illustrated well here.

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Views of the new car park, to the south of Beach Road. Left shows railings with a footpath to the cliffs, whilst the centre and right show the new parking area and toilets (being finished off). The whole development has been finished to a high standard. Some of the parking is in brick blocks and the toilets look very modernistic!

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To the north of the Coastguard hut (to be demolished) the sea has taken some chunks of cliff, including part of the Coastguard car park!

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The steel stairs to the beach are now isolated as the walkway can no longer reach the tower! I noticed a mature couple at the base of the tower, presumably waiting for the tide to fall. They were in no danger and were making no fuss!

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The walkway to the tower lies on the greensward next to the Coastguard building, left. A bit of weather brewing behind the church, right.

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Scenes from Beach Road. In the centre is a poignant message from the owner, who had decided to hang on for as long as possible. See the picture below!

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A last look at the new landscape in Happisburgh, that is, in turn, destined to change by the time these words are written! Centre is an information poster in Beach Road, and right is Low Light.

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An interpretation point has been provided as you leave the car park.

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