East Yorkshire coastal erosion


Photographs taken by Brian Williams
on 4th May 2008 and 26th May 2012.

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 Skipsea location
Skipsea 4th May 2008 (1)
At picture right is Mill Lane leading from the village of Skipsea. Until recently, the road turned here to follow the cliffs northward (towards camera) as Southfield Lane, providing a route to Ulrome. Green Lane branched in the opposite direction.
Skipsea 26th May 2012 (1)
The kerb end serves as a reference point to mark cliff recession over four years.
Skipsea 4th May 2008 (2)
The same junction seen from the south.
Skipsea 26th May 2012 (2)
In the opposite direction, bushes provide reference.
Skipsea 4th May 2008 (3)
To the south, the road is lost not only to motorists but also to pedestrians, unless they trespass or fancy the leap. The reason is the relentless action of the North Sea.
Skipsea 26th May 2012 (3)
This section of Green Lane is completely consumed, and the gardens have been shortened.
Skipsea 4th May 2008 (4)
The road north, once carrying visitor traffic, becomes convenient for line fishing...
Skipsea 4th May 2008 (5)
 ...though even this use will soon be gone.
Which proves to be the case!
Skipsea 4th May 2008 (6)
Geology students will note the upper weathered section of the Skipsea Till or Member, once thought to be a separate deposit.
Skipsea 26th May 2012 (6)
The wire fence and cable pole are not available for reference ‒ nor is the road itself ‒ though the revetment at the foot of the promontory in the distance may act as a guide.
Skipsea 4th May 2008 (7)
A large part of this now farmless farmhouse has been demolished. The remaining section was still occupied at the time of the photograph.
Skipsea 26th May 2012 (7)
What little that is left of the cliff side of Southfield Lane as it enters Ulrome is cleared.
Skipsea 4th May 2008 (8)
Nearby, a reinforced base resists the waves to form a temporary promontory...
Skipsea 4th May 2008 (9)
 ...and provides a point from which to view the cliffs.
Skipsea 26th May 2012 (9)
It may be difficult now to imagine a road running along the cliff. The bungalow [ since demolished ] offers a reference.

Skipsea 4th May 2008 (10)
A concrete revetment delays the inevitable...
Skipsea 26th May 2012 (10)
The changed angle of the cliff suggests protection is not total...
Skipsea 4th May 2008 (11)
 ...but the barrier is already succumbing.
Skipsea 26th May 2012 (11)
 ...though the revetment does take the worst of the tidal assault.
Skipsea 4th May 2008 (12)
Meanwhile, the sea nibbles at the
cliff where the protection ends.
Skipsea 26th May 2012 (12)
Nibble becomes a hungry bite. Next to
the truncated road, a finger of cliff
is about to topple, pressed by a piece
wedged in the separation gap.
Skipsea 4th May 2008 (13)
Waves at work on East Yorkshire's soft clay (called ‘till’).
Skipsea 26th May 2012 (13)
Same action, same location, about twelve metres displacement to the west.
Skipsea 26th May 2012 (14)
In the distance, workmen finish a move of the road traffic barrier (previous position of barrier in the foreground).

Green Lane, Skipsea
Skipsea Withow
terminal groyne effect

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