'Lynmouth, North Devon', photograph by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

'Lynmouth, North Devon', photograph by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

Benjamin Brecknell Turner (1815-1894)
'Lynmouth, North Devon'
England
1852-1854
Albumen Print from paper negative
Museum no. PH.3-1982
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Romantic poets were to a large extent responsible for the increasing popularity of visiting locations in England for sensory inspiration and spiritual enlightenment. Lynmouth, a village on the Devon coast, was one such magnetic location. Shelley, Wordsworth and Coleridge all visited. Although popular the village was difficult to reach. The railway did not arrive until 1898. In the 1850s this was a select place for discriminating visitors who arrived by coach or steamer from Bristol. Turner photographed the Italianate holiday villas with their balconies overlooking the river Lyn that flows through the village.