Seaton Town Council
Seaton is the only gateway town to the Jurassic coast where rocks from all three geological periods can be viewed in their natural environment. The fossil bearing Jurassic rocks to the east, the vibrant Triassic cliffs just before Seaton harbour and the striking white outcrop of Cretaceous chalk cliffs of Beer.
Seaton nestles between the these majestic cliffs of Beer to the west and the mysterious Axmouth –to-Lyme Regis undercliffs natural nature reserve to the east. To the north the river Axe and its estuary are home to a wealth of wildlife.
Seaton’s history can be traced back to Phoenicians when they used Axmouth as a major port. In Roman times it was the only port of consequence between the Exe and Portsmouth.
The town (then known as Fleote) was granted its first charter in 1005 and renamed Seaton in 1126.
In the 14th Century a landslide blocked the estuary which had been up to a mile wide leading to a build up of gravel which subsequently blocked the channel. Reclamation of the Marshes began in the 15th century with 30 boatloads of stone from Beer.