TOPSHAM, Devon

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 Heritage Year: April

18th century: The Dutch and Portuguese Influence on Art and Architecture

Topsham has been a centre for trade for many centuries. The Topsham Art Group and Topsham Museum Society will be staging an exhibition on the influences from Holland and Portugal.

Date: 1st April - 25th September
Time: 2pm-5pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
Venue: Topsham Museum
Cost: £1.50 (concessions available, children free)

Description:"Topsham's Trading Places" The Topsham Museum's Multi-Media Archive with the grand opening is on April 1st.

This Millenium Exhibition explores the trading relations and overseas commerce of 18th century Topsham. The information has been Drawn from diaries and records of local families, all prominent in the Devonshire serge cloth trade.


Photo: St. Margaret's Church Choir

Date: Sunday 9th April
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: St Margaret's Church, Topsham, Exeter
Cost: Admission is free, there will be a retiring collection.

Description: Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" will be performed by St Margaret's Church Choir (augmented). Christus: Richard Pope, Evangelist: Tony Yates, Organist: Jonathan Watts. Directed by Brian Northcott.

Date: 18th - 22nd April
Time: unknown
Venue: unknown
Cost: unknown

Description: Topsham Art Group Exhibition "The Dutch Influence"

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