Temple Bar Cottage: you may have to duck under this archway on your way down to the harbour

This archway was originally a shelter for the Clovelly donkeys.  It is also a home above for a Clovelly resident.

A Devonian shoemaker lived in same during Victorian times. He could be seen sitting outside, repairing villagers’ boots and shoes at his open door under the archway. We know that he was always keen to have a chat, entertain visitors in conversation, and was the village gossip.

Temple Bar became popular with artists, such as J M W Turner, when he visited the village in 1811. He made sketches of it and many other aspects of the village in the art book he always carried with him.

Portmeirion, the picturesque village created by the architect, Clough Williams Ellis, had been inspired by Clovelly when he designed the village. The cottages with archway in the centre of the photo below is very similar to Clovelly’s Temple Bar.


Inspired by Clovelly’s Temple Bar