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Topsham, Devon

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Topsham, Devon

Topsham is a suburb of Exeter in the county of Devon, England, on the east side of the River Exe, immediately north of its confluence with the River Clyst and the former's estuary, between Exeter and Exmouth. Although village-sized, with a current population of around 5,023, it was designated a town by a 1300 royal charter, until the Exeter urban district was formed. It is served by Topsham railway station on the branch line to Exmouth.
DistrictExeter
Post townEXETER
Administrative CountyDevon
Traditional CountyDevon
OS GridSX9688
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityDevon and Cornwall
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01392
Population5,023 (2001)
 

Other names by which Topsham, Devon has been known in the past

Topesham ~ Topshum

Topsham, Devon in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Topsham, market town and par., Devon, on river Exe - par. (partly within the parliamentary limits of Exeter), 1740 ac. (170 water), pop. 2867; town, 5¼ miles NW. of Exmouth and 5½ miles SE. of Exeter by rail; P.O., T.O. Market-day, Saturday. Topsham was the only port of Exeter prior to the opening of the ship canal in 1544, and two centuries ago enjoyed a considerable trade with Newfoundland; it still carries on some coasting trade; in the church are memorials to Admiral Sir John Duckworth (1748-1817), who forced the passage of the Dardanelles, and his son Colonel George Duckworth, who fell at Albuera.

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