Take a walk around the hidden history
Did you know Torquay harbour was designed by the same chap who designed London Bridge? Did you know that Paignton has perhaps the oldest purpose built cinema in Europe? Or that Prince William of Orange landed in Brixham during the 1688 Revolution? Never fear, Torbay Libraries are here to reveal the hidden heritage on our doorstep.
The Celebrating Torbay project from Torbay Libraries set out to bring the past to life by working with locals to research and record the history of Brixham, Paignton and Torquay. It has resulted in new Local History booklets on subjects as diverse as The Bread Riots in Torquay and Victorian explorer Percy Fawcett, as well as the production of a book written with local school children detailing some of Torbay’s more blood-curdling secrets. The project also established two local history groups that meet at Torquay and Paignton Libraries, the members of which have helped with the writing, research and photography on the recently released local heritage walks. You can exclusively download the walks here and and watch a video of our revealing walk around Torquay's waterfront. Handy bite sized snippets of local history!
The Celebrating Torbay project from Torbay Libraries received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. You can find out more about Torbay Libraries and their latest programme of activities and events at: http://www.torbay.gov.uk/libraries/