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View and Non View: a Torquay Future

In 1954 the author Nancy Mitford wrote an essay, ‘The English Aristocracy’ for the magazine Encounter. She provided a list of terms used by the upper classes which caused a national debate about E…

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Torquay’s Troublesome Navvies

A railway station serving Torquay was opened on 18 December 1848, but this station was far from the harbour at the centre of town. This wouldn’t do and a new station near Abbey Sands was opened on 2…

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The Torquay Commemorative Stamps

On September 18, 1961, Torquay was the proud host of the Second European Postal and Telecommunications (CEPT) Conference. Fair enough, this doesn't sound too exciting or, let's face it, even remot…

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A Torquay Homophobic Attack

Here in Torquay we like to think of ourselves as being welcoming to tourists. However, this wasn’t always so. For example, back in September 1926 two local men stood trial for inflicting serious b…

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The day the lights came on in Torquay

  On October 8th 1834 the darkness was banished from Torquay. Forty gas lamps were installed in our main thoroughfares – two years later the street lighting was extended from Castle Circus…

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Lillie Langtree’s Torquay Ghost

“I resent Mrs Langtry, she has no right to be intelligent, daring and independent, as well as lovely”, Torquay resident George Bernard Shaw   Oscar Wilde said, "I would rather have discov…

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Spring-Heel Jack terrifies Torquay

Continuing our WASD theme of South Devon’s weird landscape, let’s turn our attention to our haunted coastal route - the current A379 Teignmouth Road. The historian Theo Brown remembers her father …