Topsham is an attractive town on the Exe estuary, Devon, in England's Westcountry. Now part of Exeter, it nevertheless maintains a distinctive identity. Loved by its locals, and savoured by those who visit, Topsham offers river walks; wildlife; a Saturday morning market; many characterful shops, restaurants and inns; and quiet space to sit and watch the sailing boats go by. But while present-day Topsham is undoubtedly picturesque and has a rich historical heritage, it always has been a working town. Despite no longer being one of the great trading ports of Britain, it continues to have a very strong business and commercial life, with traditional maritime trades continuing alongside the modern and computerised. The site aims to support and encourage the current and future community, so that the history which awaits us may be just as interesting and rewarding.

Topsham - looking north from Quay

Goat Walk Land Appeal

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The land behind the Goat Walk (woodland strip and two fields) will be sold on 27 February 2015.

The Topsham Community Association and Topsham Society, with overwhelming support from a packed public meeting on 12 February, are appealing for donations to raise funds to bid for this land on behalf of the community of Topsham.

T bus withdrawal: DCC consultation

Several contacts - thanks! - have drawn my attention to news of a County Council proposal to remove the T bus (Exeter to Topsham Quay) as a cost-cutting measure (see BBC News Devon - Devon bus routes at risk in cuts are named) This would obviously have a major impact for residents, businesses, and visitors to the town. The proposal is going to consultation, which ends on 20th April. There's information and a feedback form at the Devon County Council site: 
Public Transport Review: Service T.

Topsham Society - address change

The Topsham Society has a new web address:

Please amend your bookmarks.

The objectives of the Society are:
  • To promote high standards of planning and architecture in Topsham.
  • To inform the public of the geography, history, natural history and architecture of Topsham.
  • To secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in Topsham.

Bowling Green Marsh Hide

News from RSPB Devon:
"We’re pleased to say that the new hide down at Bowling Green Marsh is open and ready for business! We hope you’ll come and make the most of this exciting new facility and with winter fast approaching (sorry!) there will be more and more birds arriving. We’ve already had a visit from an avocet and there’s osprey here now, so come along and see what you can see.

Topsham along the river Exe

Topsham along the river Exe from neil ewins on Vimeo.

Neil Ewins sent me a link to this stunning UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) flypast of Topsham - best viewed fullscreen. See and his commercial page Ewins Aerial for background and other Devon aerial movies.


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