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Paignton, Torbay

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Paignton, Torbay

Paignton is a coastal town in Devon in England. Together with Torquay and Brixham it forms the unitary authority of Torbay which was created in 1998. The Torbay area is a holiday destination known as the English Riviera. Paignton's population in the United Kingdom Census of 2001 was 48,251. It has origins as a Celtic settlement and was first mentioned in 1086. It grew as a small fishing village and a new harbour was built in 1847.
Administrative CountyTorbay
Traditional CountyDevon
OS GridSX8960
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDevon and Cornwall
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01803
Population48,251 (2001)

Other names by which Paignton, Torbay has been known in the past

Peintone ~ Peintona

Paignton, Torbay in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Paignton, coast town and par. with ry. sta., Devon, on Tor Bay, 2 miles S. of Torquay, 5092 ac., pop. 4613; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank; is a rapidly increasing watering-place with extensive and firm sands, and has a pier which affords depth of water for ships of 200 tons. Cider-apples are largely cultivated in the neighbourhood, and cider is manufactured here in large quantities. Near the church are the ruins of a palace of the bishops of Exeter, in which Miles Coverdale (1487-1563) frequently resided.

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