Torquay, Torbay

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Torquay is a town in Torbay

Location and coordinates are for the approximate centre of Torquay within this administrative area. Geographic features and populated places may cross administrative borders.

Torquay in historic gazetteers

Gazetteer of the British Isles (Edinburgh: Bartholomew, 1887). John Bartholomew

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. is a Good Stuff website.