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- how others see us

The Scottish poet Robert Burns famously wrote, "O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us." Of course, few people below the Roman Wall understood what he was on about so i…

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Torre Abbey- ready for War

When the antiquary John Leland visited Torre Abbey in the sixteenth century he described "three fair gate houses‟. One of these was the Mohun gatehouse (pictured below) while the main north gatehouse …

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Torquay’s Nuclear Bunker

On August 6, 1945, the world watched as the United States bombed Japan. 80,000 people perished in Hiroshima, followed by another 70,000 victims three days later in Nagasaki. The US government then …

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Kidnap and Murder at Torre Abbey

Today Torre Abbey is a place of peace and tranquillity. It wasn't always like that. The medieval Abbey was a very rich and powerful place and so it attracted the attention of those with less spiritua…

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1667: The Dutch attack Torre Abbey

In July of 1667 Torquay was attacked by two Dutch warships.In a letter a dated July 19 1667 it was recorded that:"Hear that the Dutch have made an attempt at Torbay: they fired two small barques (a sh…

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1784: Mutiny in Torbay

It's fairly well known that Britain exported its criminals to Australia. What is less known is that over 52,000 British prisoners were shipped off to colonial America -almost 10 percent of migrants to…

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Philomena and The Stones

Back in 1964 a young Mick Jagger observed, “Torquay’s a great town. But I shouldn’t think there’s much to do in the winter’.In their early days the Stones needed a centre for their regional tour of th…