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As most of us know, Torquay has a rich history. Luckily, there’s a page on Facebook that has a load of photos from the old days so they aren’t forgotten. The page is Torquay in Pictures, and I’ve chosen 20 images that you might enjoy.

This is a photo of the view from the Rosetor Hotel around 1970. This has now been replaced by the English Riviera Centre.

Photo courtesy of the Brockman family.

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Union Street & Castle Circus, 1990. From this photo, Conroy Couch is the sole surviving business.

Photo courtesy of Tom Eldwin.

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The colonnade in 1988. A lost feature of Torre Abbey Sands. This was demolished in 1994.

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The Princess Theatre in the early 60’s.

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St Marychurch Road, Plainmoor, 1990.

Photo courtesy of Tom Eldwin.

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This is a photo of Barton Hill Road in 1985. It doesn’t look too much different from today, although the cars have changed a little bit.

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Waldon Castle, 1930s. Sadly, this building was demolished in 1962, and was left vacant until the 1980’s.

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Stunning view of Torquay Harbour in the early 1960s. Almost looks like a painting.

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Snapshot of Torquay sea front in the early 1970s.

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The Queens Hotel at night in the 1950s.

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This is a photo of Marine Square in the 1980s.

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Two gentlemen in conversation on Rock Walk around 100 years ago.

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The new Palm Court Hotel on the sea front in the 1930s.

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A photo of the iconic Imperial Hotel in the 1930s.

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The Pavillion and the Foundain in 1988.

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Torquay by night in the 1960s. Another gorgeous photo that could pass as a painting.

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Christmas greetings from Oddicombe Beach, 1906

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Building Torquay in 1856. This unbelievable photo was taken over 160 years ago now!

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Laying the Strand Tramlines in 1906. They opened in 1907 and were in operation until the mid-30s.

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Do you have any images of Torquay’s past? If you do, send them in to Torquay in Pictures.

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