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

USA Topshams

Topsham is not exclusive to England. Although the English Topsham is older, it doesn't mean that it's the greatest or the best - just the first. There are two Topshams in America: the larger is in Maine, but there is also one in Vermont, comprising East Topsham, West Topsham and Topsham Corners. If you know of any other Topshams, let us know and we'll add them here.*

Topsham, Maine, USA
Official Town site
Topsham, Maine, on Wikipedia

Topsham, Vermont, USA
Virtual Vermont: Topsham
Topsham, Vermont, on Wikipedia

* Best try so far: Torptsen (a.k.a Dorpsenn, Torpen, Torperen, Torpsum, Turphum, Turschum) - according to the Dutch Wikipedia a now-vanished mediaeval settlement in the Dollart.

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