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

Personal & Photos


Topsham flooding, 4th February 2014 - from Topsham TV

Personal / blogs / YouTube channels / etc

Bryansue - blog of Bryan and Sue's adventures on emigrating to New Zealand in 2006.
Callys Cottage - blog by Saturday Market trader
Clare Girvan - local writer
Clayton Stealback - horror/supernatural fiction writer
Design Credo - Andrew Butler's blog on  design, graphics, search engine optimisation, and more.
Diary of Phyllis Bethel - wartime diary, published in blog form: "From Wiesbaden Germany 1929 to Topsham, Devon, Great Britain 1953"
JSBlog - Journal of a Southern Bookreader - the weblog of Ray Girvan (books, music and anything strange and interesting).
Norman Croucher - mountaineer, author, motivational speaker
Notes from a Devon kitchen - food blog by Marc and Kim Millon
Propertynewshound - Graham Norwood's property market webblog
NEW - Thestarlingsgatherhere - Hannah Durdin's blog about life and home education, as featured in the Exeter Express & Echo.
The Topsham Naturalist - "A blog about birds, insects, in fact any kind of wildlife. Mostly around Topsham, Devon. Photos, sketches and illustrations".
Topsham TV -  YouTube channel of Topsham-based producer and director Alex Leger. Videos include the Blue Peter Films, along with a variety of local and international topics. Currently, local ones include mud football in 1979, flooding in 1984, the pump running competition on the quay in the 1990s, salmon fishing, the artist Graham Rich, Show of Hands performing in 2010, the Puertas String Quartet in St Margaret’s Church, the final week of Underhills shoe shop, the recent Devon Air Ambulance celebration at Darts Farm, and an aerial shot of the town from a RN Sea Harrier.
Wayland Wordsmith - Lympstone-based "Discourser on the Exe estuary"
A Wren-like Note -  site for local writer Ray Girvan's new biography of the Isle of Wight author Maxwell Gray.

Photographs
Topsham is a very attractive town, reflecting both its rural environment and its rich and varied building history. There are Dutch houses from its maritime past and fine examples of Georgian and Edwardian architecture. The historic character of the town has been maintained as much as possible. Apart from the images below, visit our History page for a link to Mick Cooper's collection of old postcards of Topsham.

The Steam Packet
A gallery of the Steam Packet in its final days as a pub before its conversion to Route 2 cafe bar.

Personal photo sites
Andrew Horne's Portfolio Very striking photo collection, including some of Topsham.
Topsham KAP photos A link to Dave Mitchell's Flickr.com set of KAP (Kite Aerial Photography) images taken fom a kite flown from Topsham Quay.
Topsham Photography Iain Mckay's photo site: Topsham and world
Topshaman's photostream Gary Mackley-Smith's Flickr photoset.

Other sites
Estuary Photos by Richard Hargreaves Gallery of excellent wildlife photos at the Topsham Birdwatching & Naturalist Society site.
BBC Devon gallery
Broadway House: Exe Estuary, Fore Street, Bowling Green Marshes, Ferry Road, Goat Walk
Topsham at Geograph.org.uk (Ordnance Survey collaborative ground-level coverage)
Nobody Special: local and Devon photos by Jimi Bartlett

This is very nice: Adam Gill, a Westcountry-born musician and composer now living in Hong Kong, sent us this YouTube link, River Walk, one of his contemporary classical compositions set to images of Topsham and the Exe estuary nearby.

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