The following images make an interesting contrast, showing the beach at Goodrington, Devon, before and after the remodelling of the cliff profile over 1929-1931, made necessary by cliff erosion. These works added a sea wall, and cut back the southern face of Roundham Head (the red sandstone headland between Goodrington Sands and Paignton harbour) into terraces as Cliff Gardens, with a network of garden promenades leading more or less gently to the cliff top. There's a good account at the Torbay Council website: Goodrington Cliff Gardens. It mentions that
Frequent falls off the cliff head had necessitated the setting back of the cliff fence and consequent diminution of the area of the Pleasure Grounds as well as being a source of great danger to users of the foreshore beneath... though looking at maps of the period, it seems likely that they were more to do with protecting the villa housing developments - Roundham Avenue, Roundham Crescent and Roundham Gardens - that had sprung up on Roundham Head in the years immediately preceding the work.
|Paignton - Goodrington Beach (c. 1910?)|
"Celesque" series by The Photochrom Co. Ltd., London and Tunbridge Wells
The Photochrom Co. Ltd's card isn't a colour photo in the modern sense, but a hand-colorised monochrome print produced with the patented 'photochrom' process developed in Switzerland by Orell Gessner Füssli (essentially offset lithography). Some photochroms were extremely subtle, with overlays up to 15 tints, though the Celesque cards appear to be a relatively simple three-colour implementation.
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The image went viral after Tim Stathers put it on the Facebook page of his employer, the Kingsbridge-based Toad Hall Cottages, and the Telegraph picked it up from there.