Notable Dates in Torquay’s Development

  • 1810   St. John's Lodge founded - The Terrace was built.
  • 1811   The first Bank opened ( Kitson’s)
  • 1815   Napoleon arrived as a prisoner in the Bay
  • 1820   Rotunda built - First school opened
  • 1821   1st. Turnpike Trust. - St.Marychurch Road Turnpiked
  • 1822   Braddons Hill developed
  • 1823   St. John’s Church built
  • 1824   Newton Road, St Marychurch & Babbacombe Road via Wellswood constructed
  • 1826   Higher & Lower Union Street laid out.
  • 1827   Teignmouth Rd to Shaldon completed - Fleet Street commenced.
  • 1828   1st Public Coaches, to Dartmouth & Exeter. Park Hill Road built.
  • 1829   Abbey Road developed from the Ropewalk.
  • 1831   Vaughan Parade built
  • 1832   1st. Workhouse built.  Cholera outbreak ( entry in the Churchwardens Book that year-“extra sexton” ).
  • 1834   Watchmen, Night Constables, and Street Cleaners first used.
  • 1835   Gas lighting  installed. (The flames were up to 60cm high)
  • 1836   First reservoir  for use by water carts
  • 1840   Torbay Road begun.
  • 1841   Police force increased to five.
  • 1847   Bread riots in Torquay, Militia stationed in town.
  • 1848   The Railway arrives - Torre  Station built
  • 1849    Cholera strikes for the second time, 66 inhabitants died.
Lodge minute Nov.22nd 1849 “ this delay of meeting was in consequence of the Severe affliction that occurred in the Town”.
  • 1850   Six Toll-gates operating in town, the toll on horses ‘not drawing’ is removed.
  • 1851    Torquay Hospital built ( Higher Union Street).
  • 1852   Market built - Town Hall built.( bottom of Union Street).
  • 1856   Public Water supply commenced - Belgrave Road begun.
  • 1857   Foundation Stone laid. St. John's Masonic Hall
  • 1858   Torquay Station built.
  • 1859   Attempt on Nov. 5th to burn the Police Station, and Town Hall down.
  • 1863   Court held in Torquay for the first time.
  • 1864   First proper Post Office built at the Rotunda.
  • 1867   Sewerage piped into the sea.
  • 1874    Toll gates finally abolished in Torquay
  • 1875   Comprehensive Sewerage System introduced
  • 1883   ‘Babbacombe Lee’ cheats the gallows at Exeter.
  • 1894   The Pier is built.
  • 1895   An Electricity Supply is introduced


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