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About Teignmouth

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Teignmouth Sign at Sprey Point, September 2013One of Teignmouth's claims to fame is that it was the last place in England to be invaded by a foreign power when, in 1690, the French landed and burned the town down.

The town lies on the northern side of the estuary of the River Teign in South Devon, 14 miles south of Exeter and 8 miles north of Torquay. It faces the small village of Shaldon and the red sandstone headland called the 'Ness'. The two settlements are linked by the Teign Ferry, a passenger ferry that is supposedly the longest continually operating ferry in England having been in operation since the 10th century.

Teignmouth Sea Front with the Ness in the background, May 2008The town has strong maritime links, with its own port that has operated since the 13th century. In the 19th century large volumes of granite was exported from New Quay having been brought down from Haytor via the Haytor Granite Tramway and by canal along the Stover Canal. The new London Bridge was built using Haytor granite exported from the town. Today the the port exports mainly clay and imports mainly timber and fertiliser. See the Teignmouth Harbour Commission website for more information and details of expected shipping in port.

The map below is provided for interest and shows the identities and locations of all vessels currently in the vicinity of Teignmouth and beyond across Lyme Bay. Note that the map only shows those vessels fitted with AIS (Automatic Identification System) transponders that are actively transmitting and the data may well be an hour or so out of date. The map is provided by and more information about the maps and data can be found in their faq.

Further information about Teignmouth will be added as time permits....

Teign Ferry, September 2009Other Local Links:

Blue Anchor - popular pub for real ale situated on Teign Street (new)
Pavilions - local arts & community venue situated on the Den
River Teign Rowing Club - Formed in 1994, it's a very popular club
Ship Inn - popular pub on the river beach
Teignmouth Beach Surf Life Saving Club - based Eastcliff
Teignmouth News - Local town news from Devon Live
Teign Corinthian Yacht Club - Local sailing club
Teign Ferry - Local ferry linking Teignmouth with Shaldon
Teignmouth NCI - Our local coastwatch station
Teignmouth Arts Action Group (TAAG) - focus for local arts
Teignmouth Lifeboat Station - local RNLI lifeboat station
Teignmouth NCI - Our local coastwatch station
Teignmouth Oracle - current news & info about the town
Teignmouth Town Council - includes local information

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