Teignmouth Town in Devon
Teignmouth is a town in South Devon. It lies on the north bank of River Teign some 14 miles south of Exeter. It currently has a population of about 14,500.
The town dates from at least Saxon times when it was known as "Tengemuda", meaning mouth of the stream.
Teignmouth was originally two villages, East and West Teignmouth, separated by a stream called the Tame. The Tame now runs under the town in culverts and is only visible higher up the town as Brimley Brook.
Records dating from the 14th century record Teignmouth was a significant port and second only to Dartmouth. As such it was attacked by the French in 1340 and sent seven ships and 120 men to the expedition against Calais in 1347.
In the 15th century the town declined - possibly due to the activities of tin streamers and miners on nearby Dartmoor causing the silting up of the harbour.
In 1690, it was the last place in England to be invaded by a foreign power. In Georgian times Teignmouth fluorished again growing from a fishing port associated with the Newfoundland cod industry to a desirable seaside resort.
The growth of the town accelerated after the opening of the South Devon Railway in 1846. Today, its port still operates and the town remains a popular seaside holiday location.
The nearest source of local information is available from Teignmouth Tourist Information Centre.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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