EXMOUTH DOCKS - THE DEMISE OF A WORKING PORT.
The images that follow give a brief illustration of the activities of the port of Exmouth during the last months of its existence and final demolition, also demonstrates the loss of an asset which was an essential part of Exmouth's identity for more than a century. The Dock contributed significantly to the economic and financial well-being of the town for almost 125 years. Sadly during the second half of the 20th century until its demise in 1989 this contribution went largely unappreciated. The town of Exmouth incorporates the villages of Littleham and Withycombe, but there was also the commercial "village" of Exmouth Docks. A community largely unrecognised by the rest of town being seen as something rather quaint which provided an opportunity to watch the ships come in and out.
The closure of the Dock was the end of an era and a loss of a sense of community and camaraderie. Another chapter has started, luxury apartments and a marina whose history has yet to be written.