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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…

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Prostitution in Torquay- a brief history

It's the oldest profession in the world and Torquay has always had its ‘Ladies of the Night’, prostitution often being the final resort of desperate women in our town.Though prostitution was common th…

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Derek Acorah & Terror in Torbay

It has just been announced that the TV mystic Derek Acorah has died aged 69. Derek found fame as a spiritual medium and fronted Predictions With Derek Acorah early in his TV career. He went on to app…

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The Goddess of Torbay

Was 'Domnu' the first god of Torbay? On the Churston limestone plateau, in the field system on the cliff top at Babbacombe’s Walls Hill, and in earthworks at Warberry Hill, Great Hill and Gallows G…

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Our Torbay Cannibal Cousins?

It's probably best not to read this if you're just about to have lunch...Anyway, it's a bit of an awkward question, but needs to be considered.Did Torbay folk once eat each other?It appears that we ma…

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Torbay’s Forgotten Coins

Pub tokens give us a glimpse into working class life in Torbay in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.First of all, a definition. In numismatics, tokens are coin-like but used instead of…

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A Buried Torbay

There's an idea in archaeology and history called a palimpsest. It comes from a parchment manuscript page. These were originally made of lamb, calf, or goat kid skin and were expensive, so they were …

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The Vikings come second in Torbay

The Anglo Saxon Chronicle records that in the year 850AD:“Here Ealdorman Ceorl with Devonshire fought against the heathen men at Wicga’s stronghold and made a great slaughter there and took the victor…

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The Devil at Daddyhole

Above the natural arch of London Bridge is the limestone plateau of Daddyhole Plain. Unlike London Bridge, which was named probably in the mid eighteenth century, the name Daddyhole is far more an…