This amateur watercolour of uncertain date shows what appears to be a firing range with targets ranged against the red cliffs of Orcombe Point . I can find no written record of butts on the beach but the targets, if there to be engaged by the rifle volunteers or indeed the yeomanry, seem pretty antique. My guess is that the picture was painted between 1890 and 1910 but I might be way out.
The little salmon boat in the foreground with her two man crew seems to be prepared to shoot a seine from the beach into the river, something that has not been done for many a year although it was common enough to take salmon across the channel from the Pole Sand. Is that the polestaff projecting from the stern?
There is more ledge and less cliff at Orcombe now.
I am curious to know more about those butts.