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Nowadays Marsden is famous for it's 'Rock' and the cafe on the beach known as Marsden Grotto.
Until 1968 there was a village which served the local coal mines and lime quarries.
Marsden Bay
Marsden Rock, on the left, was a renowned arch formation until in 1996, when the sea finally caused it to collapse.
The grotto is a pub/restaurant on the beach, which uses caves under the cliffs and is accessed by a lift from the cliff top. Of course it has a reputation for smugglers and ghosts.
The cliffs on this part of the coast are known as 'Leas' and are boulder clay over magnesian limestone. This leads to erosion and the production of what is known as 'sea-stacks' as shown below.
Looking North
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Lime Kilns
The only sign that the village of Marsden existed is these lime kilns on the roadside.
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