Monday, 25 October 2010

Brixham


On Saturday, a sunny October afternoon,

Mr S and I took a wander around Brixham.

In fact, it was our wedding anniversary! ;-)



I suppose I owe a lot to Brixham.

Mr S was born there.


As we walked , he gave me a potted history of the town.



Brixham has changed a lot in recent times and the harbour area

is very attractive and full of reminders that we are in a fishing town.







Mind you, I say fishing town but Brixham was once divided into two parts...

Fishtown (the harbour area) and Cowtown ( on top of the hill, where the farmers lived)





At the harbour, you can go on board this replica of The Golden Hind,

Sir Francis Drake's famous ship.





On 5th November 1688, William Prince of Orange landed in Brixham, with his army.

It was here that he made his famous declaration:

'The Liberties of England and the Protestant Religion, I will maintain.'



And finally, this lovely turquoise painted house is known locally as

'The Coffin House' because of its shape.

You can read a lot more about this and many more interesting facts, here:


http://www.brixham.uk.com/Pages/Resort.htm

14 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

Looks like you had a really lovely afternoon. Happy anniverasry for Saturday. It rainned here all day Saturday!
Julie xxxxxxxx

galant said...

Oh, what lovely pix of Brixham, Sal! so glad the weather was so beautiful for your anniversary.
Margaret P

Cheap2Chic said...

Lovely photos, I went there a few weeks ago but sadly we were caught in the rain so didn't stay long. One thing I was disappointed with was the modern building under construction by the harbour. It seemed so out of place. x

Anonymous said...

Brixham is a queen fishing port and was famous for it's fast sailing trawlers who could also trawl fish at speed then race back to market ahead of the competition.
Famous catches often seen in the fish market on the quay would be Brixham Plaice or Sole.
Although the Snapper (Pagrus Auratus) was never landed it is well known that the best catch ever to come out of the port was the Snippets.

Anonymous said...

Spookily the word verification was Char a species of fish

The Weaver of Grass said...

Looks a good place to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Lovly photos.

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

Hi Sal
I recognised the header pic as soon as I saw it, I love that walk around from the harbour to the salt water swimming pool (which desperatly needs some tlc).
To anyone visiting Brixham try the Blue Anchor for a meal, you can take your dog in and the steak & kidney pie is great.
Happy anniversary.
Tracey x
Michael and I hope to be resident in the near future.

Floss said...

What a lovely bit of nostalgia for me, Sal! The Coffin House wasn't turquoise in the '70s...

Happy Anniversary!

Ally Johnston said...

Happy anniversary

Menopausal musing said...

Happy Anniversary, you two!!! What a lovely place and don't you just love "The Coffin"? :O)

landcuckoo said...

Happy anniversary!
Lovely pictures Sal, I particularly like the boats/garden display and just love the coffin shop!
Take care
Sarah x

Lyn said...

Lovely post, fascinating as I have never been! Happy Anniversary too! I love the 'Fishtown' and 'Cowtown' they tell it how it is!
love
Lyn
xxx

Rosie said...

Happy Anniversary. I had no idea Brixham was such a lovely place.x

BusyLizzie said...

Great post Sal. Hope you have had a lovely week! xx