Name Index


Side lights on the early history of Torquay

Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 25, (1893) pp. 261-270.


R.N. Worth

Prepared by Michael Steer

The History of Torquay starts 450,000 years ago with human artefacts found in Kents Cavern. There is little evidence of permanent occupation at Torquay until the Domesday Book, though visits were made by Roman soldiers and there was a small Saxon settlement called 'Torre'. In 1196 Torre Abbey was founded, which by the Reformation was the richest Premonstratensian Monastery in England. The author, however, defines the period of Torquay's "Early History" as the centuries between the Kent's Cavern deposits and the compilation of the Domesday Book. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the University of Michigan Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.


Aldred, Archbishop 268-9
Alric (also Aluric) 266, 268
Bere 266
Bosworth, Dr 265
Bowring, Sir John 265
Brownlow, Monsignor 264, 267-8
Brictric the Sheriff 266
Carswell family (also Kerswill) 268
Cary, Mr 268
Exeter, Bishop of 267
Faleise, William of 266
Godeva 266
Henry 268
Hostiarius, William 266-7
Leofric 267
Limesin, Ralph de 268
Mallock, Mr 266
Moreton, Earl of 267-8
Olaf, Saint 267
Ordulf 267
Pengelly, Mr 261, 265
Richard 267
Totnes, Judhel of 268-9
Vespasian 262
Woollcombe, Mr Henry 263