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Between the end of the 19th and the early part of the 20th centuries Brixham had one of the largest fleets of wooden sailing trawlers in the world and over 300 of them were built right here in Brixham.Thanks to the enthusiasm of some dedicated people six of them have been located, brought back and restored. They can usually be found over on the...more
Many provincial towns throughout the country have their own local museum and Brixham is no exception.Initially founded in 1957 it moved to its present home in 1976. The former police station was built in 1902 and comes complete with its own prison cell.Its collection starts with finds from caves within the town and then continues through to the...more
One of the things that disappoints visitors when they come to Brixham is the fact that there’s no public access to the Fishing Port. Health & Safety is paramount these days and being a busy working area it’s understandable that it wouldn’t be desirable for visitors to wander freely around the fishing harbour.However, there are still a few ways that...more
Henry Francis Lyte was born in Scotland, brought up in Ireland, and died in France. Of his 54 years on earth he spent 23 of them in Brixham.He was ordained in 1815, married Anne Maxwell in 1818, and came to Brixham in 1824 where he became vicar of All Saints Church.He had a keen interest in the local fishing families and as well as writing hymns...more
If you fancy a walk around Brixham without having to negotiate the hills and steps you could do worse than take a walk out to the Breakwater.If you’re starting out from the Fish Quay you can circumnavigate the Inner Harbour and walk past the Marina until you reach the Breakwater.The Breakwater is half a mile long with views over the Marina and...more
When King James II of England & Ireland (VII of Scotland) came to the throne in 1685 there was a distinct threat that he would try to revert the kingdom back to Catholicism.His opponents therefore decided to encourage William of Orange to deal with the problem as they considered he had a justifiable claim to the throne through his wife Mary - and...more
The Breakwater at Brixham protects the Marina, Fishing Harbour and the Inner Harbour and it’s the Inner Harbour that most people get to see.Separated from the gated fishing harbour the inner harbour is flanked by shops, bars and restaurants of varying degrees of quality.In the harbour itself the boat that is most likely to attract your immediate...more
No visit to Brixham would be complete without walking out to Torbay’s southern arm - Berry Head.This limestone plateau is a National Nature Reserve with around 500 different types of plant and 28 species of butterfly.Looked after by the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust your first port of call should be the Visitor Centre in the Guardhouse which...more
This small museum just down the hill from the Brixham Battery was founded in 1999 by Ron Coleman who helped man the Battery during the 2nd WW.Run by volunteers it’s free to visit, but you’d have to be a bit hard hearted not to chip in a small donation before leaving.The museum may not be big in size but it’s an absolute Aladdin’s cave of...more
If you walk from the Fish Quay in Brixham Harbour and through Freshwater car park you will arrive at Battery Gardens. The area is fairly uncultivated but it’s worth the walk if only for the ‘Grandstand’ views - and it was for this reason that it became one of the 116 batteries that were hastily built up and down the country after the evacuation of...more
This looks like an interesting place to visit but unfortunately on the day I was there it was on its winter hours of only being open from 10am to 1pm. During the summer it's open 10-4 Tuesday to Friday and 10-1 on Saturdays. Adult admission is £2.00 and accompanied children get free entry.UPDATE 2012 - Had a rainy day visit and spent a pleasant...more
The Torbay area has been served by Lifeboats since 1866 with Brixham providing the base for the lifeboat. The Station has two Lifeboats - a Severn Class - Operational Number 1255 - Class Number 17-28 and D-651 which is an inflatable. The Severn Class boat (see photograph) was named on the 18th August 2002 as the 'RNLB Alec and Christina Dykes' in...more
The Dutchman William Prince of Orange, afterwards William III King of Great Britain & Ireland landed near this spot 5th November 1688 with a large mercenary army with the intention of overthrowing the catholic King James II of England. Upon landing he and issued his famous declaration “The Liberties of England and the Protestant Religion I Will...more
War Memorial The Brixham memorial is in the form of a Celtic cross atop a square plinth, which bears the following inscription “In grateful remembrance of our heroic fellow citizens who sacrificed their lives in the World Wars 1914-1919. 1939-1945. “Their name liveth for evermore””. On the base the memorial has four bronze panels - two for each...more
Brixham Harbour with over 100 fishing boats boasts one of the largest fishing fleets in the UK; this added to the Fish Market on the quayside is an added attraction. A visitor viewing platform has been positioned so visitors can watch the busy comings and goings of the fishing fleet, made up of large beam trawlers and the smaller day boats. The...more
Claws, locally known as "Jenny's", is a coloured little kiosk with tables, chairs and umbrellas located on the quay. There has been a family run shellfish business of the site of Claws for over 60 years; originally it was run off trestles and boards until the early 1960s when the first kiosk was built. In 2001 the kiosk was purchased by the current...more
I'm a bit funny about eating in pubs, despite the fact that I quite often cook for them. What I hate is when a pub becomes nothing but a restaurant and so loses that egalitarian quality which makes a pub a pub. Here at the Blue Anchor I was dead impressed. Despite visiting on a busy Saturday lunchtime when the pub was full of fellow tourists and...more
As soon as you step off the bus you'll smell the ozone taint of the sea air and if the sun's out it just has to be an alfresco seafood lunch, ideally eaten sitting on the harbour watching the boats preparing for the following day's catch. The only conundrum is whether to have fish and chips from one of the many excellent takeaways or a shellfish...more
BreakwaterOverlooking Breakwater Beach and close to the mouth of Brixham Harbour with a 10 minute walk along the harbour path before entering the west side of the harbour. This is an open air ground level car park with toilets. Pay and DisplayLong StayCapacity: 103 carsSunday to Saturday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm3 Hours: £3.00Brixham TQ5 8BY June 2012more
Because Brixham is situated on the Berry Head peninsula there is only one main road into the town. This is served by the Stagecoach "Bayline" number 12 bus service from Newton Abbot via Torquay and Paignton, with stops at both Newton and Paignton's rail stations. The service runs from about 6 am until 11 pm with a peak frequency of every 10 minutes...more
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Brixham was the largest fishing port in the S.W. of England even as far back as the Middle Ages and today it’s still amongst the top 3 fishing ports in England.In the mid 19th cent. it was the largest, and by the end of the century there were over 300 red-sailed sailing smacks clogging up the harbour.Brixham fishermen and their families were so...more
(J 105) – Bangor-class Minesweeper Bangor Class Minesweeper was ordered from Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd in September 1939, laid down in November 1940 and launched in October 1941. HMS Brixham was the 1s t RN ship to carry this name. The minesweeper served in the North Sea and the Mediterranean, the smallness gave the ship poor sea...more
It seems strange that for a fishing port there's a £1,000 fine for fishing. So how do the boats get away with it?Well, OK, just me being a smart-ass with the camera angle as obviously the sign merely refers to not fishing from that section of the quay.If you do want to fish then you can take a fishing boat trip or fish from the breakwater.The...more
Sir Francis Drake was the first Englishman & first captain to go around the world. This incredible accomplishment lifted Drake to hero status in England & became one of the most famous secret citizens in the western World. The riches recovered were so huge, approximately £600,000 in 1580 (around £25 million today) that Elizabeth I share was more than the total exchequers proceeds for a year, twice the costs of fighting the Spanish Armada in 1588 & probably the reason why the crown was free of debt in the year after Drakes return.
This is a full-scale copy of "the Golden Hind". Between 1577 & 1580 the Golden Hind crossed the world making important discoveries before returning home with amazing treasures. This ship now offers a fascinating insight into life onboard a 16th century sailing ship & is based here in Brixham, the area where Sir Francis Drake lived and worked.
Unique Suggestions: The ceiling’s are very low, there used to be stock’s on board where you could have your picture taken in them.. Sometimes there’s re-enactments on certain days, I think there’s also a charge to go on too. Here are some things which I found out.
Life on board:
• Big ships would have a surgeon on board, he would be able to dress wounds & set bones but against infection, the efficiency of his medicine was nonexistent. He also did amputations.
• The most dreaded disease was scurvy (lack of vitamin C) accountable for tens of thousands of deaths alone, although some captains in the 16th century were thinking diet was the cause, it was to be another 150 years later that this theory was accepted. The scurvy sufferer first became lethargic, his skin broke into angry boils, his gums began to enlarge & bleed & his teeth fell out. Within day’s arms and legs became bloated, ugly black bruises appeared & breathing was almost unfeasible. This was followed by coma & death.
• Weevil’s got mixed up with the ship’s biscuits; so many sailors ate them in the dark. What you can’t see won’t hurt; so they say.
Fun Alternatives: Punishment:
• A seaman caught pilfering was tarred & feathered then forced to run the gauntlet of the whole crew, finally being dismissed from the ship.
• A murderer was tied to his victims’ body & thrown overboard.
• For blaspheming, 'offenders had a marlin spike (metal pin), clamped into their mouths until they are very bloody; a brilliant cure for swearers'.
• Drawing a knife on a shipmate could end in the loss of the right hand.
• The most horrible penalty, though rare was keel-hauling, when a sailor was tied to a rope, thrown over the side of the ship, dragged through the water below the rough, barnacle covered ship's bottom, & pulled up the other side of the ship. Few lived through this horrific suffering.
Just off of the main road between Brixham and Paignton is the small village of Churston Ferrers.It’s a world apart from its two bigger neighbours as a short drive out to Churston Court will testify.Churston Court is a hotel with a restaurant and bar and totally different to anything else you’ll find in the area.This Grade I listed 12th cent. manor...more
Churston Cove may not be the easiest place to get to but if you want a nice peaceful hour or two in wonderful surroundings then you’ll be glad you made the effort.Buses do run nearby (17/17A - Oct 2013) but if you have your own transport you can park for free next to Battery Gardens, otherwise you’ll need to park up at Freshwater car park.Whichever...more
If you don't have time for a major hike on the Southwest Coastal Path from Brixham then a short walk (about 30 minutes from the town centre) will take you to one of the prettiest little coves in the area and give you a taste, and maybe the inspiration to make more time next visit, of how stunningly beautiful the Devon coaastline can be.Churston...more
Fish Town is a British documentary that provides insight into life in the fishing port of Brixham and consists of ten hour-long episodes. With unique access to the town and it’s welcoming residents, each 60-minute instalment immerses the viewer in the lives of the people living and working in Brixham, providing an eye-opening insight into the...more
Brixham is a compact town and everywhere is easily walkable. All over town you'll find these street maps which provide a useful guide to the main places of interest. There's also plenty of arrowed signposts which not only tell you where things are but also give approximate walking timings for them - especially useful if you need to find a loo!more
For all your tourist queries such as things to do, public transport information, assistance with accommodation etc the Tourist Information Centre is located in the old market house on the Quay of the Inner Harbour. Staff are friendly and helpful and as well the usual freebie leaflets there are guides, maps, souvenirs and postcards for sale. The TIC...more