Temple Bar Cottage

At the Temple Bar, as you duck through a narrow archway, you are going under a Clovelly cottage kitchen and dining room.
It was once used as a shelter for the Clovelly donkeys. In Victorian times a shoemaker lived in the tiny cottage here, repairing villagers’ boots and shoes at his open door by the archway. It seems he was always keen to waylay visitors in conversation, and was a conduit for village gossip. The Temple Bar was always a popular subject with artists. J M W Turner visited the village in 1811, and made a rough sketch of it in his Devon coast sketchbook.

Temple Bar Cottage