Crazy Kate's Cottage, Clovelly, Devon

Crazy Kate's Cottage, Clovelly, Devon
Photograph taken 1896 © Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive ref: OP07466

View from the north of Crazy Kate's Cottage on the beach at Clovelly, with the cliffs rising up beyond. the cottage is named after a fisherman’s widow. Kate Lyall died in 1736. The story goes that she would watch her husband from the upper window as he fished in the bay. One day, a squall blew up just outside the harbour. Kate watched as her husband drowned. From that time on, she became demented. One day, she put on her wedding dress and walked into the sea to join her husband in his watery grave.


Devon Clovelly


Victorian (1837 - 1901)


house beach seaside boat story