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Babbacombe & St Marychurch (S Devon Branch)
Thu. 5 July 2018 at 2:30 pm
A guided walk around the historical areas of Babbacombe and St Marychurch in Torquay.
Meet outside the Cliff Railway Café, Babbacombe.
On a very sunny day in July a good turn-out of members braved the heat to learn about the history of Babbacombe and St Marychurch, the oldest parts of Torquay. Meeting outside the Cliff Railway café – the source of several fortifying ice-creams – we first walked along the Downs learning about the people who had built the fine houses there in Victorian times.
After quickly passing by the Model Village we walked up the now-pedestrianised main street, with recollections of how much trouble its narrowness had caused when traffic was allowed – bus timetables had to be arranged so that two buses would not need to pass one another along its length.
Next we admired the external features of the Anglican parish church, which was rebuilt after being almost completely destroyed by a bomb in 1943, and finally we were admitted to the Catholic Church (the one with the spire) where we lingered longer than was strictly necessary due to its welcome coolness.
Many thanks were given to our knowledgeable guides, Pat Young and John Lee from the B&SMLHS who led us around with great humour and patience.