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Torquay

Torquay shown within the United Kingdom
Population 62,963[1]
OS grid reference SX915655
Unitary authority Torbay
Ceremonial county Devon
Region South West
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TORQUAY
Postcode district TQ1, TQ2
Dialling code 01803
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
UK Parliament Torbay
European Parliament South West England
List of places: UKEnglandDevon

Coordinates: 50°28′45″N 3°31′50″W / 50.4792, -3.5305 For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Torquay is the name of several settlements and other entities, all named after the town of Torquay in Devon, England. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (600x800, 11 KB) Summary Description: A blank map of the United Kingdom, with country outline and coastline; contact the author for help with modifications or add-ons Source: Reference map provided by Demis Mapper 6 Date: 2006-21-06 Author: User... Image File history File links Red_pog2. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... The districts of England are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... Torbay (IPA: ) is an east-facing bay, at the western most end of Lyme Bay in the south-west of England, situated roughly midway between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth. ... The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ... Part of the seafront of Torquay, south Devon, at high tide Devon is a large county in South West England, bordered by Cornwall to the west, and Dorset and Somerset to the east. ... The region, also known as Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity of England in the United Kingdom. ... South West England is one of the regions of England. ... Constituent countries is a phrase used, often by official institutions, in contexts in which a number of countries make up a larger entity or grouping; thus the OECD has used the phrase in reference to the former Yugoslavia[1], the Soviet Union and European institutions such as the Council of... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... A post town is a required part of all UK postal addresses. ... UK postal codes are known as postcodes. ... The TQ postcode area, also known as the Torquay postcode area[2], is a group of postal districts around Brixham, Buckfastleigh, Dartmouth, Kingsbridge, Newton Abbot, Paignton, Salcombe, South Brent, Teignmouth, Torquay and Totnes in England. ... The UK telephone numbering plan, also known as the National Numbering Plan, is regulated by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which replaced the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) in 2003. ... Devon and Cornwall Constabulary is the Home Office police force responsible for policing the counties of Devon and Cornwall and the unitary authorities of Plymouth, Torbay and the Isles of Scilly. ... A Fire Appliance belonging to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service The fire service in the United Kingdom has undergone dramatic changes since the beginning of the 21st century, a process that has been propelled by a devolution of central government powers, new legislation and a change to operational... Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service or FRS covering the counties of Somerset and Devon, including the unitary authorities of Plymouth and Torbay, in the south west of England Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was founded on 1 April 2007... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SWAST) is the authority responsible for providing NHS ambulance services in the counties of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. ... The United Kingdom House of Commons is made up of Members of Parliament (MPs). ... Torbay is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... This is a list of Members of the European Parliament for the United Kingdom in the 2004 to 2009 session, ordered by name. ... The constituency (first used 2004) within England; Gibraltar is in the inset. ... List of cities in the United Kingdom List of towns in England Lists of places within counties List of places in Bedfordshire List of places in Berkshire List of places in Buckinghamshire List of places in Cambridgeshire List of places in Cheshire List of places in Cleveland List of places... This is a list of settlements in Devon, England. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


Torquay (IPA: [tɔːˈki]) is a town in Devon, England. Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... Part of the seafront of Torquay, south Devon, at high tide Devon is a large county in South West England, bordered by Cornwall to the west, and Dorset and Somerset to the east. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


It lies 26 kilometres (16 miles) south of Exeter along the A380 on the north of Torbay, and adjoins the neighbouring town of Paignton on the west of the bay. In the 19th century, it became a fashionable seaside resort. Renowned for its healthful climate, it earned the nickname of the English Riviera. “km” redirects here. ... “Miles” redirects here. ... The city of Exeter is the county town of Devon, in the southwest of England, also known as the West Country. ... Torbay (IPA: ) is an east-facing bay, at the western most end of Lyme Bay in the south-west of England, situated roughly midway between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth. ... Paignton harbour , Paignton (IPA: ) is a coastal town in Devon in the United Kingdom. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... The standard tourism poster for Torbay. ...


Torquay's name originates in it being the quay of the ancient village of Torre. In turn, Torre takes its name from the tor, the extensively quarried remains of which can be seen by the town's Tor Hill Road.[2] A quay, pronounced key, kay, is a wharf or bank where ships and other vessels are loaded. ... This article is about a geological formation. ...

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History

Main article: History of Torquay

The area comprising modern Torquay has been inhabited since paleolithic times. Hand axes found in Kents Cavern date to 450,000 years ago, and a maxilla fragment known as Kents Cavern 4 may be the oldest example of a modern human in Europe.[3][4] // The area comprising modern Torquay has been inhabited since paleolithic times. ... // The Paleolithic is a prehistoric era distinguished by the development of stone tools. ... A hand axe is a bifacial Paleolithic core tool. ... Kents Cavern is a cave in Devon in the United Kingdom. ... The maxillae are the largest bones of the face, except for the mandible, and form, by their union, the whole of the upper jaw. ... Kents Cavern 4 is a prehistoric maxilla (upper jawbone) fragment discovered in Kents Cavern, Torquay during a 1927 excavation by the Torquay Natural History Society. ... Human beings are defined variously in biological, spiritual, and cultural terms, or in combinations thereof. ...


Roman soldiers are known to have visited Torquay at some point during the period when Britain was a part of the Roman Empire, leaving offerings at a strange rock formation in Kent's Cavern, known as 'The Face'. No evidence has been found of Roman settlement in the area, however evidence of Roman settlement has been found in nearby Totnes and given the proximity of Exeter, it's possible there may have been some small scale Roman settlement in the area. For other uses, see Roman Empire (disambiguation). ... Kents Cavern is a cave in Devon in the United Kingdom. ...

Torquay, 1811
Torquay, 1811

The first major building in what was to become Torquay was Torre Abbey, a Premonstratensian monastery founded in 1196.[5][6] Torquay remained a minor settlement until the Napoleonic wars, when Torbay was frequently used as a sheltered anchorage by the Channel Fleet, and relatives of officers often visited Torquay. The mild climate of Torquay attracted many visitors who considered the town a convalescence retreat where they could recover from illness away from the cold winters of more Northerly or Easterly locations. The population of Torquay grew rapidly from 838 in 1801, to 11,474 in 1851. Image File history File links Torquay,_1811. ... Image File history File links Torquay,_1811. ... A blue plaque welcoming visitors to Torre Abbey Torre Abbey comprises of two Grade I listed buildings in Torquay. ... The Norbertines, also known as the Premonstratensians (OPraem) and in England, as the White Canons (from the colour of their habit), are a Christian religious order of Augustinian canons founded at Prémontré near Laon in 1120 by Saint Norbert, afterwards archbishop of Magdeburg. ... Monastery of St. ... Combatants Austria[1] Portugal Prussia[1] Russia[2] Sicily  Spain[3]  Sweden United Kingdom[4] French Empire Holland Italy Naples [5] Duchy of Warsaw Bavaria[6] Saxony[7] Denmark-Norway [8] Commanders Archduke Charles Prince Schwarzenberg Karl Mack von Leiberich João Francisco de Saldanha Oliveira e Daun Gebhard von... The Channel Fleet is the historical name used for the group of Royal Navy warships that defended the waters of the English Channel. ...

Torquay, 1842
Torquay, 1842

The second phase in the expansion of Torquay began when Torre railway station was opened on 18 December 1848. The improved transport connections resulted in the rapid growth of Torquay at the expense of nearby towns not on Isambard Kingdom Brunel's railways. The more central Torquay railway station was open on 2 August 1859. After the growth of the preceding decades, Torquay was granted borough status in 1872. Previously regarded as a convalescence retreat, Torquay began to encourage healthy visitors, and 1902 saw the first advertising campaign to market Torquay to summer tourists. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (3600x1984, 1408 KB) Torquay, South Devon from a print of 1842. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (3600x1984, 1408 KB) Torquay, South Devon from a print of 1842. ... Torre station is a suburban station in Torquay, Devon it is only served by the stopping service between Paignton and Exeter. ... is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1848 (MDCCCXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Isambard Kingdom Brunel, FRS (9 April 1806 – 15 September 1859) (IPA: ), was a British engineer. ... Torquay Railway station serves the town of Torquay, Devon, UK - The station is operated by First Great Western Category: ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1859 (MDCCCLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Borough status in the United Kingdom is granted by royal charter to local government districts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. ...

The Strand, 1900

During World War I, military hospitals were sited in Torquay - many survivors from the Battle of Gallipoli recuperated in the town - and it was also used as a troop staging area. In September 1915 King George V and Queen Mary visited. After the war had ended, Great Western Railway launched an advertising campaign to attract tourists to Torquay, and this helped the town grow to a major South coast resort. Image File history File links An image of the Strand in Torquay, in the year of 1900. ... Image File history File links An image of the Strand in Torquay, in the year of 1900. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Combatants British Empire Australia British India Newfoundland New Zealand United Kingdom France Senegal  Ottoman Empire Commanders Sir Ian Hamilton Lord Kitchener John de Robeck Otto von Sanders, Mustafa Kemal Strength 5 divisions (initial) 16 divisions (final) 6 divisions (initial) 15 divisions (final) Casualties 182,000 251,309 The Battle of... George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was the first British monarch belonging to the House of Windsor, which he created from the British branch of the German House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. ... The original Bristol Temple Meads station, first terminus of the GWR, is the building to the left of this picture The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company, linking South West England, the West Country and South Wales with London. ...


During World War II Torquay was regarded as safer than the towns of South East England, and played host to evacuees from the London area. Torquay did still suffer bomb damage during the war, mainly from planes dumping excess loads after participating in the Plymouth Blitz. In the months leading up to D-Day thousands of US Army personnel arrived in Torquay, and the 3204th Quartermaster Service Company were billeted in Chelston and Cockington. The last air raid on Torquay took place on 29 May 1944. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... South East England is one of the nine official regions of England. ... Evacuations of civilians in Britain during World War II began prior to the Battle of Britain and The Blitz. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Land on Normandy In military parlance, D-Day is a term often used to denote the day on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... A billet is the place to which a person, generally a soldier, is assigned to sleep. ... Cockington is a village in Torquay, Devon. ... is the 149th day of the year (150th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...

Olympic Parade in 1948

The water sport events of the 1948 Summer Olympics were held in Torquay, with the Olympic flame being brought from London to Torre Abbey Gardens.[7]. Although it will not host any Olympic events for the 2012 Summer Olympics, with the sailing taking place in Weymouth, Torbay is looking to host teams as a preparation camp. Image File history File links An image of the Olympic Parade in 1948, in the town of Torquay which held the watersport events. ... Image File history File links An image of the Olympic Parade in 1948, in the town of Torquay which held the watersport events. ... A water sport is a form of recreation where water (other than drinking water) is an essential aspect of the activity. ... The Games of the XIV Olympiad were held in 1948 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. ... The Olympic Flame at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics The Olympic Flame, Olympic Fire, Olympic Torch, Olympic Light, Olympic Eye, and Olympic Sun is a symbol of the Olympic Games. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... “London 2012” redirects here. ... , Weymouth is a town in Dorset, England, United Kingdom, situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. ...

Part of the Torquay seafront at high tide
Part of the Torquay seafront at high tide

Since World War II, the nature of tourism in the United Kingdom has changed significantly. Increasing wealth has meant that holidays abroad are now commonplace, and coastal towns are now more popular for short stays as part of a touring holiday. Recently Torquay has seen an increase in foreign visitors, and is now a major destination for foreign exchange students. Part of the seafront at Torquay. ... Part of the seafront at Torquay. ...


Geography

Torquay is situated on the South West coast of England, forming one third of Torbay, and is primarily on the western side of the bay. It has a mild microclimate, and cabbage trees (often erroneously dubbed "Torbay Palms") are a notable feature of the area. They were introduced into the area in 1820 from New Zealand and since then have flourished. There are currently thousands throughout the town. Tree ferns thrive in a protected dell at Heligan Gardens, in Cornwall, England, latitude 50° 15N A microclimate is a local atmospheric zone where the climate differs from the surrounding area. ... Binomial name Cordyline australis (Forst. ...


Torquay is also set along a coastline renowned for its beaches, having no fewer than nine popular beaches. The high standards of water quality and beach facilities mean that many carry coveted awards, including no fewer than three European Blue Flags - more than any other resort in the UK. The nine main beaches of Torquay, a string of nine beautiful beaches and coves stretched out along the palm lined coast, are as follows:

Oddicombe Beach is a popular beach, noted for its interesting Breccia cliffs, below the Babbacombe district of Torbay, Devon. ... Babbacombe may also refer to John Babbacombe Lee Babbacombe is a district of Torquay, Devon, United Kingdom. ... Meadfoot beach Meadfoot is an area of Torquay, Devon. ...

Transport

Transport in Torquay - the railway (black, with Torre and Torquay stations marked), A380 (green), A3022 and A379 (red), and B3199 (yellow)
Transport in Torquay - the railway (black, with Torre and Torquay stations marked), A380 (green), A3022 and A379 (red), and B3199 (yellow)

Torquay has two railway stations. Torquay railway station is situated near the sea, close to Torre Abbey Sands. Torre railway station is situated a little inland adjacent to the road leading to Newton Abbot. Not all trains stop at Torre. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 276 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Torquay User:Safalra ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 276 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Torquay User:Safalra ... Torquay Railway station serves the town of Torquay, Devon, UK - The station is operated by First Great Western Category: ... Torre station is a suburban station in Torquay, Devon it is only served by the stopping service between Paignton and Exeter. ... Location within the British Isles Newton Abbot is a market town in Devon , England on the River Teign, with a population of 23,580 (2001 census). ...


Torquay is connected to the UK motorway network by the A380, which traces the outskirts of the town as Hellevoetsluis Way and Hamelin Way, leading to the A38 and then on to the M5 at Exeter. The A3022 branches from the A380, leading into Torquay as Riviera Way, to the seafront as Newton Road and then Avenue Road, and then on to Paignton as Torbay Road. The A379 runs past the harbour to the Babbacombe and St Marychurch areas of Torquay, and then north along the coast to Teignmouth. Two bus routes operated by Stagecoach Devon pass through Torquay - the 'Bayline' number 12 service between Newton Abbot and Brixham, and the X46 service between Exeter and Paignton - while other routes operate within the town.[8] Motorway symbol in UK, France and Ireland. ... Hellevoetsluis (population: 40,164 in 2004) is a town in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. ... Hamelin (German: Hameln) is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany. ... A38 passing under M50 in Worcestershire The A38 is a major trunk road in England. ... The M5 near J28, Devon This article concerns the M5 motorway in England. ... The city of Exeter is the county town of Devon, in the southwest of England, also known as the West Country. ... The standard tourism poster for Torbay. ... Location within the British Isles Newton Abbot is a market town in Devon , England on the River Teign, with a population of 23,580 (2001 census). ... Paignton harbour , Paignton (IPA: ) is a coastal town in Devon in the United Kingdom. ... St. ... , Teignmouth (IPA: ) is a town on the north bank of the estuary mouth of the River Teign in south Devon, England. ... Stagecoach Devon logo Stagecoach Devon Ltd, part of the Stagecoach Group, is a bus operator serving the East Devon and Torbay areas of South West England. ... Brixham (IPA: ) is a small town in the county of Devon, in the south-west of England. ...


Economy

Unemployment in Torquay is high at 6.8% - this compares with 3.9% for Devon, and 5.0% for England as a whole.[9] This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Torquay is also the home of Beverage Brands, the owners of the popular and controversial alcoholic brand, WKD, and was the home of Suttons Seeds until it relocated to the neighbouring town of Paignton in 1998. WKD logo WKD Original Vodka is brand of alcopop popular in Great Britain. ... Suttons Seeds is a long established supplier of seeds, bulbs, and other horticultural products. ... Paignton harbour , Paignton (IPA: ) is a coastal town in Devon in the United Kingdom. ...


Tourism

Torquay Pavilion, with St John's Church in the background.
Torquay Pavilion, with St John's Church in the background.

Numerous tourist attractions vie for a share of the resort's visitors including Britain's most important Stone Age site, Kents Cavern which was home to early man for some 700,000 years and where tourists can visit this subterranean wonderland. The floor is composed of several strata, with remains indicating the prehistoric coexistence there of humans and now-extinct animals. The Rev. J. McEnery explored (1825 – 29) the cave and put forth the coexistence theory. The cave was extensively explored from 1865 to 1880 by William Pengelly, who found evidence to support McEnery's hypothesis. The Caves have attracted many famous people, among them Agatha Christie,[10] Beatrix Potter, King George V of the United Kingdom and Haile Selassie who was so impressed with his visit that he gave his guide, Leslie Powe a gold sovereign. Image File history File links Torquaypavilion. ... Image File history File links Torquaypavilion. ... Kents Cavern is a cave in Devon in the United Kingdom. ... Agatha Mary Clarissa, Lady Mallowan, DBE (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), mainly known as Agatha Christie, was an English crime fiction writer. ... (Helen) Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author and illustrator, botanist, and conservationist, best known for her childrens books, which featured animal characters such as Peter Rabbit. ... George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was the first British monarch belonging to the House of Windsor, which he created from the British branch of the German House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. ... Haile Selassie Haile Selassie (Power of Trinity) (July 23, 1892 – August 27, 1975) was the last Emperor (1930–1936; 1941–1974) of Ethiopia, and is a religious symbol in the Rastafarian movement. ... Three Gold Sovereigns with a Krugerrand A Gold Sovereign is a British gold coin, first issued in 1489 for Henry VII, generally with a value of one pound sterling. ...

Living Coasts

Living Coasts, another popular Torquay attraction, is built on Beacon Quay which has existed since 1680. In 1857 the Bath's Saloons complex was built on the promontory overlooking Beacon Cove. This included a ballroom, concert hall and sunlit conservatory and private bathing facilities with, underneath, a large public swimming bath open to the sea. The beautiful stone arches of this public bath can still be seen today and have been cleverly incorporated into the shop at Living Coasts. Development of the site, as a marine animal exhibit was first proposed in the early part of 1999.It was in response to a call from Torbay Borough Council for submissions from interested parties. The project, developed by Kay Elliott architects, included an exhibit to house marine birds, rather than fish, due to the need to avoid duplicating the exhibits at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. The project was subsequently taken on by Paignton Zoo Environmental Park and named Living Coasts. Image File history File links Popular Torquay tourist attraction, Living Coasts seen from across the Torquay inner harbour. ... Image File history File links Popular Torquay tourist attraction, Living Coasts seen from across the Torquay inner harbour. ... View of the National Marine Aquarium from across the Harbour The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, England is Europes deepest and Britains largest aquarium. ... This article is about the city of Plymouth in England. ... Paignton Zoo Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is situated on the outskirts of the town of Paignton in Devon, England. ...


Another old favourite of tourists is the Babbacombe Model Village, opened in 1963. It has attracted children and adults of all ages for generations and is considered one of the best examples of a model village in England.


The Princess Theatre is a popular venue in the town. The Princess Theatre first opened its doors on Wednesday, 7th June, 1961. ...


Culture

Arts

Torbay Council operates Torbay Arts Base, a forum for the discussion of the arts.[11] Local artists and residents interested in the arts can join the group by registering on the Torbay Arts Database, which also provides access to arts publications The Lighthouse and Torbay Arts Directory.[12][13]


In the early years of British cinema, Torquay was home to two production companies, Cairns Torquay Films and Torquay And Paignton Photoplay Productions, who in 1920 produced a total of three films between them.


The Torquay Natural History Society was founded in 1844, and in 1845 opened Torquay Museum, the oldest museum in Devon.[14][15] In addition to artifacts from Kents Cavern, other local archaeology, information about Agatha Christie, and a replica old farmhouse interior, the museum has galleries dedicated to such diverse topics as ancient Egypt and world jewellery.[16] Kents Cavern is a cave in Devon in the United Kingdom. ... For the magazine about archaeology, see Archaeology (magazine). ... Agatha Mary Clarissa, Lady Mallowan, DBE (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), mainly known as Agatha Christie, was an English crime fiction writer. ... Khafres Pyramid and the Great Sphinx of Giza, built about 2550 BC during the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom,[1] are enduring symbols of the civilization of ancient Egypt Ancient Egypt was a civilization in Northeastern Africa concentrated along the middle to lower reaches of the Nile River... For the Korean music group, see Jewelry (group). ...


The Princess Theatre which is by the side of the harbour, is owned by Torbay Council and operated by Live Nation. It is Torquay's largest theatre with approximately 1,500 seats and plays host to touring independent production companies.[17] TOADS Theatre Company operates the Little Theatre in Meadfoot in the converted St Mark's Church, hosting both the company's own productions and those of visiting societies.[18][19] Babbacombe Theatre is located on Babbacombe Downs and describes itself as the South West's only unsubsidised professional theatre.[20] Live Nation NYSE: LYV is a concert company based in the United States of America. ... Meadfoot beach Meadfoot is an area of Torquay, Devon. ... South West England is one of the regions of England. ... In economics, a subsidy is generally a monetary grant given by a government to lower the price faced by producers or consumers of a good, generally because it is considered to be in the public interest. ...


Media

The Herald Express is South West Media Group's Torquay-based newspaper. It serves a wide surrounding area of coastal and inland communities in South Devon which attracts millions of tourists each year to swell its 100,000-plus resident population.


The Herald express was born out of the rivalry between two evening papers, each of which produced local editions for Torbay - an area which includes Torquay, Paignton and Brixham - and first appeared in its own right as a title on Monday, July 13, 1925, when the two sensibly decided to amalgamate.


Devon's premier publishing centres had always been at Plymouth - where Sir Leicester Harmsworth, brother of newspaper baron Lord Northcliffe, controlled the city's Evening Herald - and at Exeter - where Sir James Owen had the country's other evening title, the Express and Echo.


First into Torquay had been the Exeter-sponsored Torbay express and South Devon Echo in 1921, followed shortly afterwards by the Plymouth-controlled Torbay Herald. The latter was produced in Braddons Hill Road, the former nearby in Union Street.


The competition was intense and Torquay of the day clearly did not have the commercial output to support two evening titles. Eventually the papers merged, Harmsworth having acquired his rival, to become the "Torbay Herald and Express", and printed in Braddons Hill Road. Later this was simplified to "Herald Express".


It has had the distinction of being based in Fleet Street, for the front entrance and office to the Braddons Hill works was located close-by in Torquay's main shopping thoroughfare.


It was not until July 1980 that the paper moved to custom-built headquarters on the northern edge of the town. Throughout the years since its founding, the Herald Express has been closely linked with its Exeter sister paper within the Western Times Company and the Northcliffe Group. However, in 1991 it became a new and independent operating company in its own right within Northcliffe as Herald Express Publications Ltd. During its lifetime it has had eight editors, including the present incumbent, Andy Phelan.


In March 1996, Northcliffe Newspapers Group restructured its publishing interests in the South West of England. The restructure saw the appointment of a new regional management team to direct the operations of Northcliffe's daily newspaper centres at Plymouth, Exeter and Torquay.


Following many changes in the structure of the Torquay operation, the Herald Express printing press was closed in November 1996. The head office in Barton Hill Road retained its existing editorial, advertising and newspaper sales departments, but from then on the paper was to be printed at the Western Morning News building in Plymouth.


Gemini FM Torbay, part of GCap Media's network of local radio stations, is based in Torquay's Victoria Parade.[21] The station operates the Gemini Radio Charitable Trust, a registered charity that awards grants to community organisations in the station's broadcast area - a total of more than £450,000 since 1995.[22] Gemini FM is a Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to Exeter and Torbay in Devon, United Kingdom. ... GCap Media plc is a British commercial radio company formed from the merger of the Capital Radio Group and GWR Group. ... A charitable trust is a trust organized to serve private or public charitable purposes. ... Community organizations are nonprofits that operate within a single local community. ... “GBP” redirects here. ...


Torquay is also served by Palm 105.5FM, which is owned by the London Media Company and launched in Torbay and the surrounding area in 2006, the station has had a rocky start in the region with multiple on air personality changes but is a well known name in the region now due to widespread promotion ranging from billboards at Torquay United to sponsoring the town's Christmas Lights in 2006. The Sunrise Radio Group (also known as LMC - London Media Company and the Lit Corporation) consists of Time 106. ... Torquay United Football Club, nicknamed the Gulls, are an English association football team based in Torquay. ...


Sport

The water sport events of the 1948 Summer Olympics were held in Torquay, with the Olympic flame being brought from London to Torre Abbey Gardens.[23] A water sport is a form of recreation where water (other than drinking water) is an essential aspect of the activity. ... The Games of the XIV Olympiad were held in 1948 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. ... The Olympic Flame at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics The Olympic Flame, Olympic Fire, Olympic Torch, Olympic Light, Olympic Eye, and Olympic Sun is a symbol of the Olympic Games. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Torquay is represented in the English Conference National Football League by Torquay United F.C.. The team plays their home matches at Plainmoor and has spent its entire history in the bottom two leagues of English football. In the 2004/05 season, the team was relegated from League One to League Two, a reverse of their fortunes in the previous season. In 2005/06, they escaped relegation from The Football League only on the last day of the season and after two changes of manager in as many months. Unfortunately, the 2006/07 season was worse again: they were relegated from Football League Two after a disastrous campaign. Conference National (currently billed as the Blue Square Premier for sponsorship reasons) [1] is the top division of the Football Conference. ... Torquay United Football Club, nicknamed the Gulls, is an English association football club based in the seaside resort town of Torquay, Devon. ... For the majority of Torquay United’s history Plainmoor has been the club’s home and over the years it has seen many a change. ... Football League One (often referred to as League One for short or Coca-Cola Football League 1 for sponsorship reasons) is the second-highest division of The Football League and third-highest division overall in the English football league system. ... Football League Two (often referred to as League Two for short or Coca-Cola Football League 2 for sponsorship reasons) is the third-highest division of The Football League and fourth-highest division overall in the English football league system. ... In the sports leagues — especially soccer leagues — of many countries, relegation (or demotion) means the mandated transfer of the worst team(s) (often the bottom three) of a higher league into a lower league at the end of the season. ... The Football League is a league competition featuring professional football clubs from England and Wales, and is the oldest such competition in world football. ... Football League Two (often referred to as League Two for short or Coca-Cola Football League 2 for sponsorship reasons) is the third-highest division of The Football League and fourth-highest division overall in the English football league system. ...


Torquay is represented in the sport of rugby by Torquay Athletic Rugby Football Club, who compete in the South West Division Two rugby league, which is five leagues below the Guinness Premiership. The Guinness Premiership is a professional league competition for rugby union clubs in the top division of the English rugby system. ...


Torquay also hosted the World Snooker European Open 2003 at the Palace Hotel, which was won by Ronnie O'Sullivan. In the same year, the town's Palace Hotel also hosted the World Snooker Championship Qualifiers. The European Open was a professional snooker tournament. ... Ronald Antonio Ronnie OSullivan (born December 5, 1975 in Wordsley, West Midlands)[1][2] is an English professional snooker player, nicknamed The Rocket due to his rapid playing style, with other monikers including The Essex Exocet and The Magician. He grew up and still lives in Chigwell, Essex, although... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Recently the resort has become popular amongst the Powerboat community: Torquay has held various national championships over the past few years. Categories: Stub | Boat types ...


Rumours persist of a consortium of local businessmen putting together a bid to place a BBA franchise in the town with possible interest from the ownership group of Torquay United.[citation needed] Torquay has had a previous association with professional basketball having hosted the Plymouth Raiders at the English Riviera Center in the 1991/1992 season, and it's believed that the success of said team is a driving factor in the move to place a team in Torquay, it is also assumed that the same venue will once again be used should the bid be successful, given the lack of other facilities. The British Basketball Association, or BBA for short, is a professional basketball league in the United Kingdom. ... Torquay United Football Club, nicknamed the Gulls, are an English association football team based in Torquay. ... The Plymouth Raiders, officially called Kularoos Plymouth Raiders by sponsorship, is South-west Englands leading basketball team. ...


Torquay in English culture

Notable people born in Torquay
1821 Richard Burton, explorer and linguist[24]
1867 Percy Fawcett, archaeologist and explorer[25]
1890 Agatha Christie, best-selling crime novelist[10]
1937 Peter Cook, writer and comedian[26]
1947 Martin Turner, Wishbone Ash founder[27]
1949 Roger Deakins, cinematographer[28]
1972 Miranda Hart, actress and comedienne[29]
1980 Layla Jade, erotic actress[30]

A number of sketches for the Monty Python's Flying Circus television show (1969-73) were filmed on location in and around both Torquay and neighbouring Paignton. It was while staying in Torquay at the Gleneagles Hotel with the Python team in 1971, that John Cleese found inspiration for Fawlty Towers (1975-79), a popular sitcom.[31] Incidents during the Pythons' stay are said to include the owner, Donald Sinclair, having thrown Eric Idle's suitcase out of the window thinking it was a bomb. Cleese later described the eccentric owner as, "the most wonderfully rude man I have ever met", although Mr. Sinclair's widow has since said her husband was totally misrepresented in the comedy.[32] Although the exterior of the hotel itself was the Wooburn Grange Country Club in Buckinghamshire, some location filming for Fawlty Towers was actually done in Cambridge, Berkshire and Bedfordshire, in the episode "Gourmet Night" there is film footage of Basil in a shopping area where shopfronts show Torquay addresses and phone numbers. As of 2007, Torbay Council are considering plans to erect a statue of characters from the show by the harbour.[33][34] For other persons named Richard Burton, see Richard Burton (disambiguation). ... Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett (1867 – presumably 1925) was a British archaeologist and explorer. ... Agatha Mary Clarissa, Lady Mallowan, DBE (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), mainly known as Agatha Christie, was an English crime fiction writer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Roger Deakins (born May 24, 1949 in Torquay, Devon, England) has established himself as a successful cinematographer in America and Britain. ... Miranda Hart (b. ... Layla Jade (born October 1, 1980) is a pornographic actress from the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the television series. ... Paignton harbour , Paignton (IPA: ) is a coastal town in Devon in the United Kingdom. ... “Cleese” redirects here. ... Fawlty Towers is a British sitcom made by the BBC and first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Donald Sinclair was the name of two people who were the real life inspirations for two of the most memorable fictional characters on British television. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is a British comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ... Wooburn Grange Country Club was a listed building in Buckinghamshire, which became the infamous exterior location of the hit BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers in 1975. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... This article is about the city in England. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Bedfordshire (abbreviated Beds) is a county in England that forms part of the East of England region. ... Gourmet Night is the fifth episode in the first series of the BBC TV sitcom Fawlty Towers. ... 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1979 the town was again the site of filming, when the Ray Winstone, BAFTA nominated drama That Summer was both set in and filmed around the town. Raymond Andrew Winstone (born February 19, 1957) is an Emmy Award winning English film and television actor. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... That Summer is Sarah Dessens first book. ...


In addition to its association with the Pythons, Torquay is also the setting for the 2003 movie Blackball staring Paul Kaye and Vince Vaughn. The movie is about Cliff Starkey who is the Bad Boy of Lawn Bowls.[35] Blackball is a film about Cliff Starkey (Paul Kaye), a rebellious young bowls player. ... Paul Kaye (born 1965) is an English comedian and actor who made his name as shock interviewer Dennis Pennis, a fictional geeky American. ... Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American film actor. ...


Torquay has a strong literary tradition with two classic pieces of English literature Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles reported to have been written while staying in Torquay. Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories. ... A Woman of No Importance program from 1930 A Woman of No Importance book cover, New Mermaids edition (softback) A Woman of No Importance is a play by Irish playwright Oscar Wilde. ... Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (May 22, 1859 - July 7, 1930) is the British author most famously known for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction. ... The Hound of the Baskervilles is a crime novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, originally serialized in the Strand Magazine in 1901 and 1902, which is set largely on Dartmoor in 1889. ...


The town also has an unusual history of providing models for the Glamour and Erotic industries with Glamour Model Lauren Pope, Popular Lad's mag pin up Natasha Mealey who has appeared in publications such as FHM and Zoo, and erotic actress Layla Jade all having being born in the town and lived in it for varying degrees of time. This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... The cover of an issue of FHM China, featuring Britney Spears, wearing a bathing suit & necktie The cover of the first issue of FHM in the United States, featuring Rachael Leigh Cook FHM is an international monthly lads mag. ... Zoo is a weekly lads mag in the UK. It was launched in 2004, as the second weekly mens magazine in the UK (the first being the similar, rival, magazine; Nuts). ... Layla Jade (born October 1, 1980) is a pornographic actress from the United Kingdom. ...


Torquay is also the home of the co-presenter of popular Sky Sports One program Soccer AM Helen Chamberlain. Los Angeles radio personality Richard Blade is originally from Torquay. International catwalk model Lily Cole was born in Torquay but grew up in the British capital city of London.[citation needed] Sky Sports is the brand name for a group of 9 channels. ... Soccer AM is a British Saturday-morning football show presented by Helen Chamberlain and Andy Goldstein. ... Helen Marie Chamberlain (born April 2, 1967 in Street, Somerset) is an English television presenter. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Richard Blade is a popular Los Angeles radio, television, and film personality from Torquay, England. ... Lily Cole (born May 19, 1988) is an English supermodel and actress. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Demographics

The 2001 census confirmed Torquay's reputation as a retirement town, with 26% of the population of 62,963 over sixty years old, compared to a figure of 21% for England as a whole. Those under twenty years old accounted for 23% of the population, compared to a figure of 25% for the whole of England.[1] UK Census 2001 logo A nationwide census, commonly known as Census 2001, was conducted in the United Kingdom on Sunday 29 April 2001. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


The following statistics are for the whole of Torbay, including Paignton and Brixham. Torbay (IPA: ) is an east-facing bay, at the western most end of Lyme Bay in the south-west of England, situated roughly midway between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth. ... Paignton harbour , Paignton (IPA: ) is a coastal town in Devon in the United Kingdom. ... Brixham (IPA: ) is a small town in the county of Devon, in the south-west of England. ...

Marital status Number of people
Single (never married) 26,880
Married or re-married 53,327
Separated or divorced 14,273
Widowed 11,905
Religion Number of people
Christian 98,820
Buddhist 196
Hindu 66
Jewish 159
Muslim 341
Sikh 50
Other 476
No religion 19,345
Religion not stated 10,253

Social issues

Politics

Torquay, as one of the three main towns of Torbay, is run by Torbay Council which has its town hall at the top of the Torquay high street. Currently the Conservative Party is the party in power, with the Liberal Democrats in a distant second place and Independent candidates, a very distant third. [36] Torbay (IPA: ) is an east-facing bay, at the western most end of Lyme Bay in the south-west of England, situated roughly midway between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


From the 1920s until 1997 Torbay constituency was a safe Tory seat until Adrian Sanders overturned spy novel writer Rupert Allason's majority by just 12 votes, widened to 6,708 in 2001. During the 2005 general election, Conservative leader Michael Howard visited the town. However, Sanders retained the seat with 40.8% of the votes (19,317, down from 23,012 in 2001). A swing of 9.7% away from the Liberal Democrats was split between the Conservatives (with a 4.9% swing), Labour - who gained a substantial increase in their vote as support for Lib Dems in 1997 and 2001 moved back and the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), whose candidate Graham Booth improved on his deposit-losing 2001 performance with a 4.7% increase in his vote. Torbay is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... Adrian Mark Sanders (born 25 April 1959) is a politician in the United Kingdom. ... Rupert William Simon Allason (born 8 November 1951) is a military historian and former politician in the United Kingdom. ... It has been suggested that Marginal constituencies in the United Kingdom be merged into this article or section. ... The Rt Hon. ... The United Kingdom Independence Party (commonly known as UKIP, pronounced //) is a British political party. ... Graham H. Booth (born 1940) is an English politician, and Member of the European Parliament for South West England. ...


In 2005, a referendum was held to appoint Torbay's first Elected Mayor. In the ensuing election in October 2005, the winning candidate was a former Liberal Parliamentary Candidate, Nicholas Bye, who won the election as a Conservative. Elections Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A referendum (plural: referendums or referenda) or plebiscite (from Latin plebiscita, originally a decree of the Concilium Plebis) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. ... Direct election In 2000 the Labour government led by Tony Blair passed a local government reform which changed this somewhat. ... Nicholas Bye is a Conservative politician in the United Kingdom. ...


Education

There are five main secondary schools in the town. One is Torquay Community College, previously known as Audley Park. This school has had its troubles in the past and has in the past two years come out of governmental special measures. Its 2004 exam results are available Here


The other mainstream secondary school in Torquay is Westlands Secondary School and Technology College. This is a combined secondary college and 6th form that takes students of all variations and has recently moved to a brand new modern building. Its 2004 exam results are available Here


Torquay's other three state secondary schools are more selective. They are St Cuthbert Mayne School, a secondary school exclusively open to followers of the Roman Catholic and Church of England faiths, and Torquay Boys' Grammar School and Torquay Grammar School for Girls' which are available only to those that pass the 11+ intelligence test and the schools' own standardised test. The 2004 results for St Cuthbert Mayne school are available here, the Boys' Grammar School results here and finally the Girls' Grammar School here. There are also a number of private schools in the area including Studley Knowle School and the Abbey School. Torquay Boys Grammar School is a selective boys grammar school in Torquay, England, currently home to around 1000 students aged 11-18. ...


For further education, students can either go to one of the sixth forms at the previous mentioned Westlands, St Cuthbert's Mayne or Grammar schools, or they can go to South Devon College which is based in Long Road in Paignton on a new campus that fully opened in January 2006.


Should students pass through school or college and wish to continue in their education at university, they will have to leave Torquay. Should they wish to continue living in Torquay they have the option of applying to either Exeter or Plymouth universities, each roughly an hour train journey from Torquay train station. The city of Exeter is the county town of Devon, in the southwest of England, also known as the West Country. ... This article is about the city of Plymouth in England. ...


Crime

Offences Total Rate per 1,000 population Average rate per 1,000 population in England & Wales
Violence Against The Person 1,408 11.2 10.9
Sexual Offences 104 0.8 0.7
Robbery Offences 72 0.6 1.5
Burglary Dwelling Offences 1,014 8.0 6.5
Theft Of Motor Vehicle 293 2.3 5.0
Theft From Vehicle 1,352 10.7 10.9

Information taken from 2001/2002 crime figures in Torbay, available Here


Healthcare

Torquay's healthcare needs are seen to by NHS-run Torbay hospital which is situated on the main road out of Torquay and the private, non-emergency Mount Stuart on St Vincents Road. “NHS” redirects here. ...


Twin Towns

Torquay has two twin towns, due to its relationship as part of Torbay. The year each relationship was formed is shown in parentheses below. Torbay (IPA: ) is an east-facing bay, at the western most end of Lyme Bay in the south-west of England, situated roughly midway between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth. ...

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