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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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.…

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The Torquay Gibbet

We've mentioned before that Torquay’s site for public executions was Gallows Gate. Our town’s place of terminal justice is just by the roundabout at the top of Hamelin Way on the A380. At around 49…


Five Devonshire Murderesses

Author Julia Joyce has just published an E book, Five Devonshire Murderesses. It covers the stories of five women who went to trial in Exeter in the 1860s, and who were all incarcerated in Exeter Pris…

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1688: The French raid Torquay

 In February 1688 the famous diarist and MP Samuel Pepys predicted that England would soon attack France. He wrote, "Everybody doth think a Warr will follow". The cause of the looming hostilities was …

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Torbay learns to defend itself

For over a thousand years the folk of Torbay feared the sea and what it might bring- invaders, raiders, slavers and pirates.And come they did, though not at first by sea. The Anglo-Saxons took 300 yea…