Archive for the ‘Devon’ Category

Japanese Garden, Dartmouth

Dartmouth, situated at the mouth of the river Dart in Devon is a town which has long-standing naval links. It was recorded in 1147 and 1190 as a departure port for the crusades and was twice raided and sacked during the Hundred Years War. This led to the practice of closing the estuary each night by stretching a chain across from Dartmouth to Kingswear on the other side.

Dartmouth Railway Station. Built in preparation for a railway connection to the South Devon line. Unfortunately, the Railway never reached the Town.

Naval references are found everywhere in the town.

Lots of little lanes ascend the hillside.

The town has many buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and Tudor periods.

The cherub public house, probably the oldest building in Dartmouth. Dating back to c 1380 it was originally the house of a townsman or merchant.

Inside The Cherub

It is home to the Royal Brittania Naval College, founded in 1863 and housed in an impressive hillside building overlooking the town, completed in 1905.

Britannia Royal Naval Academy

Views Of Kingswear

Posted: May 11, 2017 in Devon, UK

Looking across the river from Kingswear towards Dartmouth


Some images of the town of Kingswear, which is situated on the estuary of the River Dart in Devon.

Old Road sign

Kingswear Church

Kingswear Church

Royal Dart Hotel



There is a wonderful story about the Royal Dart Hotel  in KIngswear. During the second world war, it was used by the British Navy as offices and was code-named HMS Cicala. Imagine the surprise of the workers one morning when they awoke to reports on German radio that HMS Cicala had been sunk during the night!

Memorial to a local hero

Road-side wishing well

Views of Brixham (3)

Posted: April 20, 2017 in Devon, UK

The Harbourside

Sitting in a valley leading up from the Harbour, the Town of Brixham is colourful and attractive.





One thing I really liked was the small nautically themed gardens that can be seen in the harbour area.


Views of Brixham (2)

Posted: April 13, 2017 in Devon, UK

Looking North across the bay

Brixham in South Devon stands at the southern end of Torbay. It is a harbour catering for both the Fishing Industry and for leisure boats and the harbour contains an interesting collection of different boats

Replica of Golden Hind

Fishing Boats

Historic Ketch in harbour

Ketch under sail

Brixham Lifeboat

Looking North across the bay

Views of Brixham (1)

Posted: April 6, 2017 in Devon, UK

Brixham is one of the largest fishing ports on the South Coast with an extensive harbour which caters both for the commercial shipping and leisure craft.

Brixham sunset

Posted: March 27, 2017 in Devon, Landscape, UK

In case any regulars haven’t noticed yet – I love photographing sunsets. Here are some photos from my recent trip to Devon.


Golden Hinde

Posted: March 24, 2017 in Devon, History, Medieval History, Ships, UK
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This full sized replica of the Tudor Warship, Golden Hinde, has been berthed in Brixham Harbour for over 50 years.

It serves as a museum to the life and voyages of Sir Francis Drake. The Golden Hinde was his most famous ship in which he circumnavigated the world on a journey of over 36,000 miles.

Statues and Monuments: Man and Boy

Posted: March 22, 2017 in Devon, UK


Man and Boy a statue in bronze that stands on the quayside at Brixham Harbour. It was sculpted by local artist Elisabeth Hadley and was unveiled in November 2016. It has two dedications – the first to celebrate the heritage of the Brixham Fishing Industry and the second to remember all those from the town who have been lost at sea.

75014 Braveheart is a BR Standard 4 built at Swindon in 1951. It worked in the Midlands and was withdrawn in 1966 and sent to Barry scrapyard. It was purchased in 1981 and transferred to the North York Moors Railway where it returned to steam in 1994. In 2002 it was sold to the Dartmouth Steam Railway where it returned to steam in 2016.














Thomas Newcomen memorial, Dartmouth

Thomas Newcomen was born in Dartmouth, Devon in 1663. By trade, he was an ironmonger but became interested in the prevention of floods within the mines. Combining two previous steam engine designs he designed the Newcomen Atmospheric Engine in 1712 to pump water out of mine workings and within 20 years over 100 of these engines were working in the UK and Europe. By 1775 over 600 had been installed and this marked the high point of the engines usage as after 1780 the developments made by John Smeaton and James Watt produced more powerful, more efficient engines for this purpose, which replaced the Newcomen engines.

The Newcomen engine (1725) preserved at Dartmouth. Unfortunately, it was closed on the day of our visit so pictures taken through a window.


Diagram of a Newcomen engine

Thomas Newcomen died in London in 1729 and was buried at Bunhill Fields, although the exact location of his grave within the cemetery is unknown.


For more information on Bunhill fields see