Anthony Poulton-Smith


The three towns of Paignton, Brixham and Torquay form the area of the Devon coast known as the English Riviera, due to the sandy beaches, mild climate and host of leisure attractions. However, all three towns have their own, unique heritage. The market town of Paignton is characterised by its Saxon origins. Its ancient church and the traditional town green, along with the beautiful beach, make for the epitome of the English family holiday.
This fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which the English Riviera has changed and developed over the last century.
Brixham is the home of the famous Brixham Trawlers and the tourist attraction replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship the Golden Hind. Torquay is different again. With its large harbour, thriving nightlife and balmy climate, it is easy to see why it became a fashionable Victorian resort. This collection of delightful photographs explores how the towns of Torbay developed to represent the best of the British seaside tradition.



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Review by Devon Sunday Independent