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 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…

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Torquay as a Woman’s Town

  Sybil Fawlty really ran Fawlty Towers. She was a far more effective manager than her husband, handled crises calmly, and she knew that the hotel was there to generate an income, rather than to at…

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Torbay’s Heritage

Torbay's Heritage Interpretation Framework has just been published. 'A Haven Through Time’ uses the eight themes of the Heritage Strategy as a framework for organisations and individuals to interpre…

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How Torquay Votes

During the nineteenth century a few families transformed a collection of rural hamlets into the richest town in England. By the early twentieth century, however, the political and economic authority…

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Torbay’s Guerrilla Golf

Torquay has Jungle Journey Adventure Golf, Paignton has Pirates Bay Adventure Golf, and there's Crazy Golf at Goodrington. And, at one time, many hotels boasted a synthesis of concrete and felt whic…