"Teignmouth - history & arriving there" Teignmouth by LouiseTopp

Teignmouth Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 61 photos

Getting to Teignmouth on train from Salisbury

If you are coming from London, then there should be a train from Waterloo. Some of the stations it visits on the way are:

Salisbury (platform 4)
Axminster. (Very long tunnel which pop's ears)
Exeter central
Exeter St David’s
Star Cross

The journey takes about two hours and a quarter. When you leave exeter St Davids, the train start's rolling back in the direction you have just come. This can be quite alarming, but rest assured it does end up in Teignmouth.

There has been reports of land slides from the cliffs onto the line, its very eerily quiet at night. During those gales not so long back, train drivers were actually driving under the waves!

A brief history

Teignmouth started as a seaside town in the early part of the 19th Century. As a pier was thought almost a requirement of any staid seaside town, tactics were soon being made up for such a building at Teignmouth. Planned by J.W. Wilson, Teignmouth Pier was a plain structure of a 700ft (212m) open promenade deck supported by a framework of cast-iron screw piles. Work commenced in 1865 & was concluded during 1867. The long stretch of sandy beach offered plenty of bathing opportunities at Teignmouth & the pier, having been put in the centre of the resort, made a suitable dividing line for the bathing machines - Gentlemen’s machines to the west, & Ladies' machines to the east.

Mr Arthur Ryde Denby bought Teignmouth Pier with the aim of moving it to the more fashionable resort of Paignton,. However, because of some mechanical difficulties involved in this plan, the idea was discarded & a new pier was finally built at Paignton. Teignmouth Pier was duly renovated, & re-opened on 24th July 1876. A 250ft (75.7m) shoreward end pavilion was constructed during the late 1880's, with the seaward end castle pavilion being finished in 1890. Throughout the summer season, daily steamer trips were a trendy feature of Teignmouth Pier, some offering trips extending as far as Plymouth & Weymouth. In 1904 the pier's entrance kiosks made the headlines when they unceremoniously collapsed onto the beach. Little else significant happened in the life of the pier until the second half of the 20th century. The castle pavilion was destroyed by fire & a bridge section that had linked the end of the pier to the landing stage was removed, efficiently shortening the length of the pier by 75ft (22.7m).

Today the shoreward end pavilion is home to customary shops & amusements, whilst the refurbished deck area has children’s rides, radio controlled models, & an outdoor go-kart track on the site of the old castle pavilion

During 1940 to1944, a series of air raids claimed the lives & homes of lots of people. The docks were heavily bombed during this period. Post war revival re-shaped the town that now displays an attractive mix of architectural styles. Georgian cottages line narrow streets whilst Victorian structures are seen at their best along the seafront. A little Orangery began in 1842 can be found in Bitton Park. Many of the imposing residences built on the hillsides have been transformed to apartments in modern times. Enthusiasts find out extraordinary variety in seven churches & many public houses like The Ship Inn and the New Quay.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Like the Mediterranean during the summer
  • Cons:exciting in gusty weather, especially those towering waves!
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  • Last visit to Teignmouth: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • grayfo's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2004 at 4:58 AM

    You have captured the flavour of Teignmouth perfectly, excellent :-)

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2004 at 1:00 AM

    Excellent pages. Enjoyable story.

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2004 at 9:11 AM

    I really like the seafront at Teignmouth, I have not been there this year. Lovely page Jane, great descriptions (~_~)

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2004 at 10:35 AM

    Excellent Teignmouth page with brilliant photos. I once wandered from Teignmouth to Dawlish along the coast. Your page brings back many memories ... :o)

  • DUNK67's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2004 at 6:37 AM

    good tips, loved the old machines on the pier. sorry but don`t most windows open outwards?


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