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 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…

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On Medieval Pilgrimage

Back in the fifteenth century, Brixham had an extremely valuable role in the international 'tourist trade'.This was our part in the medieval tradition of pilgrimages to holy places.The objective of th…

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Torbay in the ‘Dark Ages’

Between Brixham and Kingswear is the wonderfully-named tiny hamlet of Boohay. This just means the 'curved way or track'What we're really interested in here is Boohay's original name, and specifically …

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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…