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Torbay, Torbay

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Torbay, Torbay

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.
Administrative CountyTorbay
Traditional CountyDevon
OS GridSX8961
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDevon and Cornwall

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

Tor Bay

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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