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Torbay is a borough in Devon, England, administered as a unitary authority by Torbay Borough Council. It consists of 62.88 square kilometres of land spanning the towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, which together occupy an east-facing natural harbour by the English Channel. Torbay is roughly equidistant from the cities of Exeter and Plymouth.
|OS Settlement Classification||Other settlement (village, hamlet etc)|
|Police Authority||Devon and Cornwall|
Other names by which Torbay, Torbay has been known in the past
Torbay, Torbay in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)
Tor Bay, in SE. of Devon; extends from Hopes Nose on the N. to Berry Head on the S.; measures 4½ miles across the entrance, penetrates 3½ miles, is nearly semicircular in sweep, and is an important haven for ocean-bound ships that encounter rough weather from the westward; was the landing-place of the Prince of Orange, November 5, 1688, and was a common anchoring-ground of the Channel Fleet under Lord St Vincent.
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