The annual Halifax seaside town review of property prices shows that Newbiggin-by-the-Sea is the cheapest seaside town in England. It’s not quite the cheapest in Great Britain though; that honour belongs to Port Bannatyne on Bute.
When I was young I’d hear two phrases involving the word ‘cheap’ : cheap and nasty, & cheap and cheerful. So with my assistant I set off to see which of those two phrases best describes Newbiggin. Actually, I need not have bothered as the very existence of a property price index tells you that you live in a mainly free market economy, with a land registry, and a secure system of protecting property rights and trade in said properties. If there was no index at all then you might be living under communism where everyone is equal or in a state of lawlessness where no secure trade occurs at all.
But a day out is a day out, so off we went. Here’s some housing shots:
There are plenty of interesting pubs and artistic shops ( a tattoo is art, even though it’s not for me – my view is you don’t put a bumper sticker on a Bugatti ).
There is open countryside towards the next nearest town of Ashington:
And best of all is the seaside itself, featuring a sculpture of a couple looking out to sea:
The plinth for that sculpture could do with being rendered the same colour as stone to make it easier on the eye.
It did help with my analysis that this is a cheerful place that we visited when the sun was out and the people we met were eccentric but welcoming. There is plenty more if you have a couple of days, such as the golf course that is losing holes to coastal erosion, the beach tractors, St Bartholomews Church, and the maritime centre which is basically a popular café first with exhibits about the history of life boats attached as a side attraction.
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea will be even more cheerful and probably just as cheap when it is finished.