Sunday 26th October 2014


Having lived in a seaside town for 34 of my 37 years, you'd think I'd know by now to check tide times before setting off for one 20 miles away? Most of the time it's fine because while the tidal range in this part of the Bristol Channel is huge (14 metres, second only to Nova Scotia), most of the beaches are long and shallow which leave plenty of area to play on. Not Southerndown though, when the tide is in, it's bye-bye beach.

We went for a wander in the nearby Dunraven Gardens and castle ruins instead, it's quite amazing to think people were living here during the Second World War, when it was used as a military hospital. Dunraven Castle was later sold in the 1960s and eventually demolished. I'm pretty sure that if the National Trust had been approached they'd have rescued it, because all that remains in 2014 is the walled gardens and one, giant, stone windowframe with a smattering of stone steps nearby. A real tragedy to have lost this from our heritage.


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    • TheBoyAndMe says

      Thanks, good old Snapseed! It's such a shame, I find it inconceivable they'd so readily tear down a perfectly good building.

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      No you're right, it just seems such a shame that a perfectly good building could be so easily torn down; it wasn't even derelict. Thank you.

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      It seems bizarre to me that they would so easily tear it down, but I think in this crazy and fast – paced world of 2014 we appreciate history that bit more?

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      I absolutely didn't do that on purpose at all. Ever. I was aiming for symmetry with the photo but the reflection was a bonus.

  1. says

    Such a shame that no one saved the building, what an amazing building it looked like.

    As for the photo it's been beautifully edited, I bet the gardens are amazing to walk around

    Thank you for linking up

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