Monday, 16 July 2012

Torre Abbey Sands Beach, Torquay, Devon

The first major building in Torquay was Torre Abbey, a Premonstratensian monastery founded in 1196. Torquay remained a minor settlement until the Napoleonic wars, when Torbay was used as a sheltered anchorage by the Channel Fleet. The abbey gave its name to the sands stretching along the main road in Torquay with a promenade overlooking the sea.

Lowry went swimming off the sands while he was staying in Torquay during summer of 1933. The sands could be accessed down a walkway from the Vernon Court Hotel where he was staying.

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