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  A town of many villages: Many parts of Torquay used to be villages in their own right and still possess a charm and character all of their own.

Cockington:Cockington has a recorded history stretching back nearly a thousand years. Soon after the Norman Conquest a family who became known as the de Cockingtons were given the manor. From that time (about 1070) until 1930, Cockington had only three owners – the de Cockingtons (who lived there for 281 years); the Carys (1375 – 1654); the Mallocks (279 years). Torbay Council now owns the village, in the heart of which stands Cockington Court, a 17th Century Manor House, and a Norman church.

St Marychurch, Babbacombe:These two villages, mostly flat, are perched high on the cliffs above the Babbacombe and Oddicombe beaches. In the 1890's the new Council requested the authority to add St Marychurch, Babbacombe and Cockington to the new Borough, and this was achieved in spite of opposition from both villages, who had their own traditions and customs.

St Marychurch is claimed to be the oldest in the district and there is a legend that the church was the first to be set up by the Christian missionaries sent out by St Boniface soon after 700 AD. Whatever the truth may be, it can certainly be dated back to 1050 when Leofric was the Bishop of Exeter.

Maidencombe: The manor of Maidencombe is mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1087, where it is described as “There is land for three ploughs; one plough is there, with one slave and one villager and two smallholders. There are nineteen sheep. (The value was) formerly thirty pence, now five shillings”.

Maidencombe was, and still is, a quiet picturesque village in the northern part of Torquay. It has only been a part of Torquay since 1935, prior to that it was part of Stokeinteignhead parish.

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27 January 2020  03:21
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