Torquay  Devon


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Torquay like this:

Torquay, seaport town and watering-place, Devon, conterminous with Tormoham with Torquay par., on N. side of Tor Bay, 23 miles S. of Exeter and 220 from London by rail, 1465 ac., pop. 24,767; 4 Banks, 5 newspapers. Market-days, Tuesday and Friday. Torquay is entirely of modern growth. ...

It takes rank among the first of English watering-places. It is beautifully situated on a series of heights and depressions on the margin of a small bay, an offset of Tor Bay, and as seen from the sea presents a singularly picturesque appearance. Its mild and equal climate, its excellent water supply and drainage system, and its bright and pleasant surroundings, make it a great resort of invalids and convalescents in winter and spring. It has a museum, public gardens, baths, and all the attractions of a great watering-place. The pier which shelters the inner basin of the harbour is a favourite promenade, especially when many yachts are in port. In the neighbourhood of Torquay are well-known marble works and terracotta works.

Torquay through time

Torquay is now part of Torbay district. Click here for graphs and data of how Torbay has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Torquay itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Torquay, in Torbay and Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th June 2024

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