Author: Kevin Dixon

Kevin Dixon(Author)

Kevin Dixon went to Audley Park – now Torquay Academy – and South Devon College when it was at Torre. After studying at Birmingham City University, he returned home because there’s nowhere else quite like Torquay. He then became involved in community and adult education, completed a PhD at Exeter University , and started writing about the weird and unknown side of town. He now Chairs Healthwatch Torbay and is involved in health and social care in the Bay.

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Is Torre Abbey a Monastery?

Is Torre Abbey a monastery? Did it have monks or canons and is there a difference? First some Devon history. The earliest Saxon churches were modest wooden structures and many now lie under the st…

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The Tragedy of Talitha Pol

The Speakeasy Cinema is screening the 1964 film The System in The Spanish Barn at Torre Abbey on Thursday 19 August. Starring Oliver Reed and Jane Merrow and filmed on location across Torbay, ticket…

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Torquay’s Oldest Pub?

    'The Hole in the Wall' is promoted as, "the oldest pub in Torquay". The marketing continues, "This historic tavern has been serving the likes of smugglers, men-of-the-sea and business men since…

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The Lyd- Torquay’s other stream

  When we think of a Torquay stream the usual contenders are the Shire Brook which feeds into the King's Pond and, of course, the River Fleet, marked by Fleet Street which flows to the west side of…

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The Torquay ‘Bunker’

Plans have just been submitted to convert the old Torquay Magistrates’ Court into ten residential apartments. Pre-Lockdown, there was a proposal to turn the building into a GP Surgery but that didn'…

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Rome’s Torquay D-day?

  In 1724 Daniel Defoe wrote of Torbay: "In the Bottom of this Bay is a beautiful, well-built, and finely-situated House, call'd Torr-Abbey, formerly a Religious House; but now the Inheritanc…

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The Hell that is Torquay

Back in July of 1947 the Spectator Magazine’s James Pope Hennessy spent three days in Torquay… and he didn’t like it. Bear in mind that this was shortly after the end of the War; and that James seem…

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The Torquay Top Hat

    If we look at images from Victorian Torquay, it's noticeable that everyone wore a hat. And for much of the century men wore a specific hat, for all occasions, at any time of day. This was the t…

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The Torquay Muff

We have a couple of 1870 prints entitled 'The Strand';' and 'Torquay Morning Promenade in the Paignton Road'. Both these street scenes show women using hand muffs. As seen in these two images, a m…

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Torquay’s Promenading Parasol

This one is about the secret language of Torquay's promenading parasol. First, a definition. A parasol is not an umbrella. A parasol shades users from the sun; while an umbrella protects the user …

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Tuscan Torquay

This is about Tuscan Torquay; and why we decided to build mock Italian church bell towers across our town. In 1862 Charles Dickens wrote, "Torquay is a pretty place... a mixture of Hastings and Tun…