map of Torbay

Caught in the Web - Bytes of Torbay's Past

Torbay consists of a group of three coastal towns in the beautiful county of Devon, England, and boasts a long and fascinating history.

This site is an introduction to that history, with many references to the life, times and work of a number of famous people who lived or stayed for a time in the Bay including: Napoleon Bonaparte; Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and his son Henry; Agatha Christie; Oliver Heaviside; Herbert Whitley; William Pengelly; John Lee; Isadora Duncan with her lover Paris Singer, son of Isaac.

There are also references to, Gladstone, Disraeli, Darwin, Nelson and Queen Victoria. In addition, you will find some of the influential families that helped develop the Bay, eg the Cary family and the Singers.

To make your visit enjoyable, we've included some topical games, wordsearches and quizzes, and many of the images are moving panoramas and rotating 3D objects. Many of the items you will locate have only been made accessible through the medium of digitisation and the power of the Internet.

To begin your journey through Torbay's fascinating heritage, follow the select a theme or select a level menu options for an explanation and introduction, or go straight to the theme's index page by using the menu options to the right, alternatively go to the search page and see what you can find.

Have fun exploring the site and, by means of our feedback form, don't forget to let us know what you think!