Torquay, Beacon Terrace 1888

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Caption for Torquay, Beacon Terrace 1888: The horizontal distribution of the buildings shows how the houses had to be built in terraces, thanks to the town's hilly location. Torquay's harbour is ever-popular as a tourist and marine resort. A pleasure boat prepares to leave the jetty steps, on the right- hand side of the photograph. The larger steamer passenger service, introduced seven years earlier, generally took about fourteen hours to make the trip to Bournemouth.

An extract from Picturesque Harbours Photographic Memories.

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My family (Isaac..Reg, Lilian, June, Pat, aunty Mary, uncle Denny, and cousins Andrew and Mark and Grandad Isaac) used to holiday in this hotel each year from about 1968 to 1975. I have some wonderful childhood memories of Astwell Hall and can remember a lady called Miss Cotton ran the hotel in the early days before a (...Read full memory)

This view of the harbour taken in 1888 has by chance captured dead centre the very spot where 120 years later the dancers and musicians of Heather and Gorse Clog Dancers turned out to entertain crowds of holiday makers one warm summer evening. We gathered as dusk was falling at (...Read full memory)

I went to Astwell Hall with 17 other members of Heatham House Youth Centre and at the time was friendly with one of my female colleagues.  In Torquay I was attracted to the girl who organized the trip and we started dating and were married in 1953 and next year celebrate 60 years.  I am so sad that the hotel is (...Read full memory)

The front of the Grand Hotel as shown in this view from 1912 is remarkably like the hotel now, in 2008.  Its only when the dancers and musicians of Heather and Gorse Clog Dancers went inside that we found a huge sun lounge, a wide terrace overlooking swimming pools and a (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Torquay, Beacon Terrace 1888: The horizontal distribution of the buildings shows how the houses had to be built in terraces, thanks to the town's hilly location. Torquay's harbour is ever-popular as a tourist and marine resort. A pleasure boat prepares to leave the jetty steps, on the right- hand side of the photograph. The larger steamer passenger service, introduced seven years earlier, generally took about fourteen hours to make the trip to Bournemouth.

An extract from Picturesque Harbours Photographic Memories.

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