Last remaining house in Beach Road, Happisburgh is demolished after being left in midair by storm damage

Demolition of the home of Happisburgh resident Bryony Nierop-Reading.  PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Demolition of the home of Happisburgh resident Bryony Nierop-Reading. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Lucy Clapham
Thursday, December 12, 2013
3:17 PM

The last remaining resident of a doomed coastal road said an emotional farewell to her home after it was demolished this morning.

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Bryony Nierop-Reading’s bungalow in Beach Road, Happisburgh was left hanging in mid air after last Thursday’s storm cut huge chunks out of the fragile cliff face.

The 68-year-old has spent the last few days living in her caravan, and after surveying the damage left by the sea surge decided it was too unsafe to stay and should be knocked down.

Mrs Nierop-Reading stayed in the her cliff top home after her neighbours moved out last year and watched, surrounded by friends and family, as her home of five years succumbed to the same fate.

She said: “It’s worse than I thought it was going to be. It’s the speed of it. It’s been very sudden, like a sudden bereavement really.”

Her garage will remain on the cliff top so she can continue to use it as a workshop, and she is now determined to take action to protect more communities from coastal erosion.

9 comments

  • 'Last remaining house' Did the other 7 fall into the sea before this one?

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    Greg Howes

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • 'Last remaining house' Did the other 7 fall into the sea before this one?

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    Greg Howes

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Nature will have it's way, much better ways to spend taxpayers money that a pointless attempt to save a few shacks.

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    Only Me

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Daft I calls it !!

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • I am so angry right now with this situation this house was in my family for years this should never have happened BAD ON YOU government............... I wish I could say more. Now save the rest of Happisburgh it is an amazing community full of amazing people.

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    esther elliott

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Nope all the other ones moved out and the homes demolished, Bryony decided to stay

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    Martin P

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • 'Last remaining house' Did the other 7 fall into the sea before this one?

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    Greg Howes

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • @ only me, I don't mind my tax money helping these communities. It must of been heartbreaking for Esther, I'm not sure that any amount of money could of stopped this happening, Mother Nature at times can be so cruel, and no matter how hard some people try to save what's theirs it just won't happen. Esther I hope your family can move on to somewhere and once again make a loving home ;)

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    melalmighty

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Well Only me lets see what you say when it happens to your shack ............................

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    esther elliott

    Friday, December 13, 2013

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