One of a series of articles featuring extracts from our archives…
Extract from the ‘Western Guardian’ 11th January 1923
Brixham Council on Monday (Mr. H.G. Silley chairman) made a move forward in the right direction for popularising Brixham as a summer seaside resort by their decision to apply to the Ministry of Health for sanction to borrow £1,700 to carry out certain improvements at Shoalstone Beach, on the Berry Head Road near the entrance to Berry Head, and for the provision of shelters. An application will be made to the Unemployment Grants Committee for financial assistance towards the scheme.
Last July the Council appointed a Town Development Committee comprising the Councillors and some half a dozen prominent residents to consider schemes for the development of the town on lines attractive to Summer visitors. It has always been considered that the greatest drawback was the rough character of the beaches in the neighbourhood of Berry Head and the lack of convenient bathing facilities at low tides. At Shoalstone there are several natural basins which could be converted into ideal bathing ponds.
The “Seaside” Committee have selected a site in the centre of the beach for the construction of a permanent pond 60ft. long and 48ft. wide with the water graduating from the shallow to about 5ft in depth, which will be one of the largest of its kind along the Devon coast when completed. It is proposed to provide a sandy or shingly bottom. In addition to ideal bathing facilities at all states of the tide it will create a splendid area for miniature boat sailing. The constructive work will be undertaken for the pond to be ready for early bathing. The whole of the upper portion of the beach will be levelled with concrete paving and give access to the whole length of the beach. Provision is made for the erection of shelters.
For years past, Brixham has grown in popularity among summer visitors. The great drawback, the need of a bathing pool at all tides, is now being tackled, and when complete, will assuredly do much to popularise the picturesque fishing town and immediate locality.
And here are some advertisements which appeared in the same edition of the paper…