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.

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Torquay’s Old Ways fade away…

   In 1800 Torquay had a population of only 800. Before the arrival of Royal Navy officers and their families, the consumptives seeking a cure, and the Victorian tourist, Torquay consisted of a sca…

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The Realm of the Torbay Smuggler

"If you wake at midnight to the sound of horses' feet, Don't go drawin' back the blinds nor lookin' in the street.Them that asks no questions, isn't told a lie.Now watch the wall my darling while th…

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Some Torbay House Names

Does your Torbay home have a name or a number, or perhaps both? These days all urban houses have a number, while the majority do not have names. But names can be important. We can sometimes work ou…

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Danny Dyer’s Torbay Relatives?

We recently posted an article on how many slaves there were in Anglo-Saxon Torbay. A couple of posters asked how we would feel if we found out that we had an ancestor who was a slave-owner. The answ…

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Torbay’s Slaves

A thousand years ago there were around a hundred slaves in Torbay- and probably many more. We know this from the Domesday Book, the record of the 'Great Survey' of much of England and Wales completed…

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Spreading creativity in Torquay

People in Chelston, Torquay have been making mini willow sculptures to decorate their gardens during lockdown. The idea began when a community project to create willow sculptures for the local …

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Charles Dickens in Torbay

"Torquay is a pretty place... a mixture of Hastings and Tunbridge Wells and little bits of the hills about Naples", Charles Dickens Writer and social critic Charles Dickens liked Torquay's beauty; …

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What’s in a Torquay name?

The study of the origin of words - or etymology- isn't an exact science.Some Torquay names are obscure but fairly straightforward. For example, the various aristocratic titles and family members of th…

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The South Devon Cunning Folk

Before the coming of the National Health Service and a modern police force, who would you go to if you were ill or believed that someone was doing you harm? For thousands of years it was the local cu…