His wider interests included botany and geology. He avidly recorded the sites of rare plants, such as the wood vetch he found “on limestone rocks near Kingsteignton”. Sadly, over a century later planners drove the course of the Kingsteignton bypass through these rocks without taking note of the important findings that Dr Beeke had recorded over a century before.
Chalcedony is a secondary mineral formed by the decomposition of silicates. Beeke was the first to notice deposits of this mineral in the Triassic conglomerate of Torbay and his discovery gave rise to the local find being named Beekite.
Henry Beeke died in Torquay on March 9th 1837. It was the year that saw the start of the Victorian Age, a period in which, due to the work started by a son of Kingsteignton, that Torquay was to bloom as the Queen of the English Riviera.