Visonarys, Builders & Inventors 
George Marks (The Designer): 
 
The Cliff Railway was designed by George Marks, believed to have been a 'disciple' of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He later became Baron Marks of Woolwich. Local man Bob Jones recommended the enginnering skills of George Marks to Thomas Hewitt and John Heywood. He recognised the requirement for an advanced braking system that was patented in 1888 and was a hydraulic system filled with water and not oil and is still unique to this lift today. 
 
Bob Jones (The Builder): 
 
The Cliff Railway was built by a local man Bob Jones and his family are still Directors of the Company today. Bob Jones was partner in the Lynton building firm responsible for the construction of the promenade, the Cliff Railway was to be the second part of this scheme. Bob Jones went on to become an investor and the Chief Engineer of the railway, followed by his son Whitney Heywood Jones, and then his Grandson Bob Jones. The great grand-daughter of the builder, Bob Jones, is still a Director with the company.  
Sir George Newnes (The Financier): 
 
The majority of the funding for the Cliff Railway was provided by George Newnes, publisher of Tit Bits and The Strand magazines. Sir George Newnes had a passion for Lynton & Lynmouth and recognised the enormous tourism potential. It was this vision which led him to back not only the Cliff Railway, but also Lynton's Town Hall (1900) and the main Barnstaple to Lynton Railway (1898). 
Thomas Hewitt (The Lawyer): 
 
London Lawyer, Thomas Hewitt had a summer residence at the Hoe on Lynton's North Walk. He used his legal skills to guide a Bill through Parliament and by October 1886 the 'Lynmouth Promenade, Pier & Lift Provisional Order' had received official sanction. Hewitt was a friend of George Newnes who stayed as a guest at the Hoe. within 24 hours of arriving at the Hoe, Newnes had agreed to put up most of the money for a Cliff Railway. Hewitt was also an investor in the project. 
John Heywood (The Local Govenor): 
 
Mr John Heywood, Self-made businessman and Chairman of the Lynton Local Board used his influence to persuade members of the local government body to spend ratepayer's money building the first part of the Esplanade. He was seen as public spirited but it was clear he was an astute businessman who had already acquired much of the land proposed for the building of the promenade and the Cliff Railway. 
 
Royal Visitors: 
 
The Cliff Railway has enjoyed several Royal visits. Prince Philip visited at the time of the 1952 Flood Disaster and again in 2002 on the fiftieth anniversary of the Lynmouth Flood Disaster. Princess Anne visted the Railway in April 2006 and again in 2015 to mark the Cliff Railways 125th anniversary where she was presented with a bouquet by the Great Great Great Grandaughters of Bob Jones!