On a fine Friday evening sixteen walkers took part in the Paignton History Tour led by Ken B.
We met at the War Memorial in the Palace Avenue gardens, a tranquil site to remember the fallen. Paignton’s sons , denied burial in red earth are remembered here in its warm sandstone heart.
The tour was mainly around Paignton’s historic old quarter. From Palace Avenue we detoured to the old Town Hall, and then returned to the Coverdale Tower, Bishops Palace, and Palace Place. By then we had seen four blue plaques in a very small area.
The Church and Church Street was our next stop, then the old clink, Paignton’s unique old prison cell. This led on to Princes Street/ Littlegate Road, and Kirkham Street, where one of the oldest houses in Devon, Kirkham House, stands. Kirkham Street led us to Well Street, site of the old waterworks, and on to Winner Street, formerly Wynerde Street, meaning Vineyard Street. This is an historic street with some interesting buildings.
Finally we made our way down Fisher Street, admiring the old cottages, and Tower House, before entering our final port of call, the Torbay Inn, the oldest pub in Torbay.