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, 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.

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish essayist, poet, and author of fiction and travel books who is best known for his novels: "Treasure Island" (1881), "Kidnapped" (1886), "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1886), and "The Master of Ballantrae" (1889).
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Robert Louis Stevenson in Torquay

One Thursday in April of 1866 a sick 16 year old man wrote a letter to his parents from his lodgings at 2 Sulyarde Terrace, Torquay - the house would in 1897 become part of the Torbay Hotel.The young…

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What Next? Torbay

'What Next? Torbay' was formed in April 2020 out of the coronavirus crisis to bring together people working in arts, culture and heritage across Torquay, Paignton, Brixham and the surrounding areas.  …

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The Alphington Ponies in Torquay

In a recent article on Torquay fashion, in passing we mentioned the Alphington Ponies. There was some interest in the two ladies, so here's a short history.Twins Arabella and Eliza Durnford were born …

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The Torquay Bustle

In many nineteenth century images of Torquay we see women's clothing that exaggerates the posterior - below are a few examples from the Strand in 1870. This fashion feature was the bustle and could be…

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Was Torquay built on seven hills?

The English Riviera website comments that Torquay's, "famous seven hills provide the backdrop to a waterfront scene that matches anything you'll find on the French Riviera"; and Devon Live claims that…

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Torbay’s Black Sailors

  During the Seven Years War (1756-63) Admiral Hawke and the Western Squadron had just left Torbay when the French fleet made a sortie from the port of Brest. This led to the Battle of Quiberon Bay …

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The Pageant of Torbay

The Legendary Ten Seconds have just released a collection of songs inspired by Torquay's' varied and fascinating past.The Legendary Ten Seconds started off as the solo music project of Ian Churchward.…