This 1907 view of the now
filled-in basin, must be regarded as the
key to the world-wide success of Richard Roberts' flax trade.
In the absence of a port/harbour at the mouth of the River Bride,
he used West Bay. Horse drawn carts served the sailing ships.
A view from the East
Cliff (C. 1900) of a special day -
the tents indicate a fete of some kind. The extent of the
old harbour is clearly evident from this point.
C. 1920 Harbour, West
Pier Terrace and a small restaurant.
The Terrace is made up of apartments.
Despite 'water, water
everywhere', West Bay had its
share of destructive disasters by fire. 19th Feb 1929
West Bay Harbour
entrance. Gravel extraction from this beach continued right up to
the 1980's. Machines can be seen at work in the left foreground.