The "Gut" blasted from the rocks on Bucks Mills beach.
Bucks Mills shown within Devon
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Bucks Mills is a small village within the parish of Woolfardisworthy on the north coast of Devon, England. The village is within the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and on the South West Coast Path.
The stream which runs through the village powered at least one mill. It falls over the cliff edge in a waterfall onto the beach which has large pebbles and hard sandstone formations. In the Elizabethan era a break in the rocks, known as the Gut, was created by blasting the rock with gunpowder to allow access to the small quay, which has since disappeared, creating a small harbour for fishing vessels. In the 18th century this was used for the import of culm, a mixture of anthracite and limestone which was burnt in kilns to produce fertiliser. The remains of two of the lime kilns can be seen on either side of the beach access.
In the 18th and 19th centuries many of the residents of Bucks Mills and the surrounding villages were related to the Braund family and King Cottage within Bucks Mills was once the home of Captain James Braund who was informally known as the "King of Bucks".
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Media related to Bucks Mills at Wikimedia Commons
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