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Torquay, Torbay

Torquay is a seaside town in the unitary authority area of Torbay and ceremonial county of Devon, England. It lies 22 miles south of Exeter along the A380 on the north of Torbay, 38 miles north-east of Plymouth, adjoining the neighbouring town of Paignton on the west of the bay and across from the fishing port of Brixham. Torquay’s population of 63,998 during the 2001 UK Census made it the third largest settlement in Devon.
Post townTORQUAY
Administrative CountyTorbay
Traditional CountyDevon
OS GridSX9165
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
Population63,998 (2001)

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

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.

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