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

Important notice

I'm sorry to announce that the updating of the Topsham site is likely to be discontinued in the near future. At this instant, I'm uncertain whether to take the site down or try to find someone to take custody of it for the town. My chief concern, for the general benefit of Topsham, is that the useful and long-running domain doesn't lapse and get into the hands of a 'splogger' (as did) or domain speculator.

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Ray Girvan died on Tuesday 30 June 2015, three years after his diagnosis of cancer.  It was his wish that this site should not become commercialised, but should be retained for community use.  Ray asked if I might facilitate this.  I have done so by taking over the domain name and will now consider how best to manage the site to reflect his wishes.  In the meantime there will be no activity on the site.

Eliot Wright



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