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

Topsham Rec Revitalisation

GREAT NEWS! Plans for the Revitalisation of the Rec are now well advanced. Topsham Community Association and Exeter City Council are now in a position to begin ordering additional equipment and amenities for the area within the fence. Existing equipment will be refurbished and the following new items will be installed, hopefully in June in time for the long school holidays:

Junior fitness trail; senior fitness trail; zip wire; rodeo board; springer see-saw; basket swing; petanque pitch; boat structure; multiplay structure; shelter; wide slide; kickback board; volleyball/badminton net; chess table.

The size, design and location of equipment has been carefully thought through to allow for safety, social and aesthetic considerations, with the central area of the Rec largely untouched, as requested in the community consultation. The final few hundreds of pounds raised will be spent on benches, planting and landscaping, making the area a focus in the community for everyone, whether for rest, play or exercise.

Topsham Community Association Matthews Hall, Fore Street , Topsham.

Dine aboard the "Edwardian Lady"

The Edwardian Lady is now available for booking for evening river tours: a new venture by Topsham's ferryman Mike Stevens.

Dine aboard Topsham's Edwardian Lady. Available for small private parties, evening tours, history cruises, etc. Set three course menu to your own specifications. Bring your own beer or wine. All for £25.00 a head.

Boarding times: departs from Topsham Quay, 6.30pm-10.00pm (tide permitting). For further information, please contact Mike (07801 203338) or Lesley (07890 298399).

Travel status

See Flooding - travel news for current status links.

Flooding - travel news

TRAVEL NEWS - updated 20th February
Note that there is currently extensive disruption to train services in the South-West, beyond the effects of the break in the coastal line at Dawlish. Mainline rail routes out of Exeter via Tiverton are still out of action; but trains from Exeter to London Paddington are now operating, . Check your journey if travelling to and from Exeter. See the official rail sites:
BUS/ROAD TRAVEL
Currently normal.

TOPSHAM
The Exeter Express & Echo has a number of reports of the flooding in Topsham due to the storm on the night of February 4th, when heavy rain, a spring tide, a storm surge, and a south-easterly wind, combined to raise waters to flood level.

Pictures and Video: Flooding in Topsham caused by strong winds and heavy rain.
"Blitz spirit" alive in Topsham after major flooding
The Goat Walk in Topsham destroyed by storms




Above images from JSBlog: see "It was a dark and stormy night" / The morning after / Goat Walk damage.

Topsham faked on Mystery Map

ITV's two-part programme Mystery Map aired recently: see Mystery Map: Ben Shephard and Julia Bradbury talk ghosts, UFOs and weird happenings. The second episode looked potentially of interest, as it covered the mystery of the "Devil's footprints" incident of 1855. It was filmed in part by the River Exe in Topsham, using fake snow sprayed on Topsham Museum's river garden to attempt to recreate the horseshoe-like prints. The snow was not all that was fake, however: the internal and external shots identified as "the village church of Topsham, in Devon" were actually the church at the nearby Clyst St George. Did they think nobody would notice?


For readers in the ITV region, the relevant episode of Mystery Map can be seen on ITV Player until around Dec 27th; the Devil's Footprints section is in the third segment.

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