Things to see and do - Ilfracombe
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Architecture, castles and historic districts
Chambercombe Manor (15C-17C), a white-painted and slate-roofed house, lies in a wooded dell. Inside, interesting features include 300-year-old polished lime ash floors, barrel vaulting, an Elizabethan four-poster bed (16C), a Cromwellian oak cradle (..
The parish church dates from the Norman period (enlarged in the 14C) and has an ancient, elaborately carved wagon roof.
In the early 14C, the beacon set as a marker on Lantern Hill was replaced by this mariners' chapel which still has a light to guide shipping. From the rock platform on which the chapel stands, there is a good view over most of the harbour and the sea..
Nature and gardens
In the 19C, the hill between the road and the sea was tunnelled and the cove on the far side made accessible. A sea wall was then built to prevent the tide running out and so provide all day bathing.