I've always tried so hard to like Torquay!
But the truth is that I don't like the place that much...and I am so sorry if this offends anyone!
I think because it gets so heaving, in the summer, with what we in Devon call 'grocks' or 'grockles', I have always tried to avoid it between the months of April and October.
That said, we went there for a leisurely stroll, earlier today!
And Torquay actually looked quite appealing in the sun!
The harbour area has been vastly improved and of course there is always the chance to visit the wonderful 'Living Coasts' if you are in the area.
The Pavilion, a beautiful building from the outside, is not what it used to be inside...full of what I call naff shops! A far cry from bygone days, when 'fine things' occured there!
The Pavilion was built on a site formed partly of land reclaimed from the sea.
Henry Augustus Garrett, Borough Engineer of Torbay laid out the Princess Gardens, the Terrace Walk, Pier Pavilion and Torquay Pavilion: the work lasted from 1890-1930.
The architect of the Pavilion was Edward Rogers, winner of a competition in 1896, who, with H C Goss drew up the final plans, which were passed in 1903. Because of Rogers’s death, construction started only in 1911, the work having been taken over by Garrett.
The facing tiles, in Doulton’s Carrara enamelled stoneware made the Pavilion appear like a white Palace.
The impressive central copper-covered dome was topped with a life size figure of Britannia.
Two smaller domes on each side of the entrance were surmounted by copper figures of Mercury.
Fine cast ironwork in Art Nouveau style edged the steps to the promenade deck and the octagonal bandstands or summerhouses. Other exterior decorations were of flowers, urns topped with pineapples, scrolls, etc.
Opened in 1912, there was a foyer and auditorium with lounges and cafe, all oak-panelled and elegantly plastered. There was a curved balcony, stained glass and potted palms, with open-air promenade and tea garden. A Municipal Orchestra was founded.
In the 1970s, demolition was proposed but the building was listed in 1973. It closed in 1976, when it was leased to Rank and the interior was destroyed in adaptations for various types of amusements including, later, skating. Today it is a shopping arcade, but the exterior is well preserved...thankfully!
And of course, Torquay is famous for its palms.
And one or two well known people ...
If you are a visitor to Torquay it is worth checking out 'Bygones' at St Marychurch.
I really do recommend it, having taken classes of children here.
And then , when you've done that, nip over to Wellswood and do the very famous Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves:
And , lo and behold, I noticed this!!
All in all, I suppose Torquay does have some appeal ;-)
As we walked past the Triton gallery, I glanced in the window...Paris...
And I decided that the day could have been worse...it could have been raining..