Jacob’s Ladder, the iconic staircase leading from Connaught Gardens to the seafront is undergoing structural repairs from 22nd September. The Grade 2 listed structure was updated in the early 20th century with a design that was inspired by the original Victorian steps. It was lasted painted six years ago, and due to its proximity to the seafront, is in need of sprucing up, several of the tie bars need replacing and there has been some staining due to rust.

It is anticipated that the repairs will take around two weeks to complete. While Jacob’s Ladder undergoes repairs, they will be closed to the public, however, you can still see what is going on and experience this end of the beach by visiting our webcam page for Jacob’s Ladder here.

Speaking to local reporters, Cllr Geoff Jung from East Devon District Council, said: “We realise this will be inconvenient for some, but the dates were specifically chosen not to clash with our busy summer season and to provide suitable conditions for scaffolding to be erected and work to be carried out safely in this extremely exposed location.”

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