Torquay in 1851 talk – October 2018

A talk entitled ‘1851 Holiday in Torquay’, presented by Phil Badcott on Friday 26th October 2018

This was the first talk in the Village Institute since the new projector and screen set-up had been installed. This really benefited Phil’s Powerpoint presentation which contained numerous contemporary images.

The holiday referred to was that of Lord and Lady Morrison, who came from London by train to what is now Torre Station, bringing their 6 servants with them. Initially staying at what is now the Livermead House Hotel, Lord and Lady Morrison soon moved to No.1 Hesketh Crescent.

Lord Morrison was 76 years old at the time and had just retired from a senior position at the Royal Mint. He kept a detailed journal throughout their holiday, which is now held in Torquay Museum. It is this document that Phil came across and used as the basis of his presentation.

Their activities were used as the opportunity to show numerous images (very early photographs as per the one to the right) and contemporary artists’ paintings around 1851 Torquay. Of particular interest was St. John’s Church which at that time comprised the original Church plus the newly constructed Tower that we see today – well before the final construction of today’s church which our History Society visited November 2017.

Phil is an accomplished speaker and his lively talk was enjoyed by all present.