Crazy Kate’s Cottage was named after Kate Lyall, who died in 1736.
Kate’s husband was a fisherman and she would watch him from her upper window as he fished in the bay. Consequently one day, a terrible squall blew up and he was drowned before her eyes. This terrible sight drove her mad, and she remained demented until the day of her death. On that tragic day, she put on her wedding dress and walked into the sea to join her husband in his watery grave. Hence why the cottage came to be known as part of village history.
This cottage with a balcony, overlooking the harbour and coastline, is said to be the oldest one in Clovelly.