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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The Original Torquay Dad’s Army

In 1803 the small villages that made up Torbay prepared to be invaded. Evacuation plans were drawn up and the militia assembled to meet a massive French flotilla expected to appear on the horizon.Fran…

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1068 The Irish raid South Devon

We all know that the Normans came first in the Battle of Hastings in 1066. However, England didn't give in immediately. In 1068 I William had to march a combined army of Normans and Englishmen loyal t…

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Torbay and the Siege of Calais

In 1346 the villages of Torbay took part in the siege and capture of Calais. It was recorded that ' The Port of Dartmouth' provided 31 ships and 757 men for the campaign - while Plymouth only found 2…

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The Fawlty Towers Remakes

Fawlty Towers has made Torquay famous throughout the world.In 1977 and 1978 alone, the original TV show was sold to 45 stations in 17 countries and was the BBC's best-selling overseas programme for th…

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The Wolves of Torbay

The founder of Torre Abbey William Brewer was also Sheriff of Devon and, under Richard I (1189–1199), one of the justiciars appointed to administer the kingdom while the King was on the Third Crusade.…

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1690- The French attack Teignmouth

In 1690 the French fleet was in Torbay, and while they were with us launched a devastating attack on Teignmouth.They were there following the Battle of Beachy Head which was fought on 10 July 1690 dur…

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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…