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 from the air

The Summer 2014 issue of EX magazine has a very nice feature on some photography commissioned by the local estate agents Wilkinson Grant, using a drone camera to take aerial videos and 'tilt-shift' stills of Topsham, Lympstone and Woodbury.

The work was done by the specialist commercial photographers Benjamin Graham and David Leyland of iVistaphotography, and required Civil Aviation Authority permissions. The three films are on YouTube:

Image from EX, Summer 2014 - low-resolution copy
reproduced as fair use for promotional illustration
Tilt-shift photography is a novelty effect using selective mid-range focus to give the look of a miniature model of a scene. There are three such aerial photos of Topsham in the article (EX, Summer 2014, pp76-77). Read the EX article at ISSUU.



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