History of Brixham

History of Brixham

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Brixham’s varied history sets it apart from the other picturesque fishing towns in the West Country, with an historic building, site or tale at every turn. A stay in a Brixham holiday cottage is a great base to journey through the town’s heritage, and much of it can be seen via enjoyable walks and trips – for an escape from it all and a fascinating journey through Devon’s past, Brixham is the place to head.

William of Orange

November 5th 1688 saw the landing of William of Orange on Brixham’s shores as he arrived to overthrow the catholic monarch King James II. The landing would have been quite a sight, as the Dutchman bought an enormous mercenary army consisting of 20,000 men and 5,000 horses.

The mission was successful, and William of Orange later became King William III of England. The landing is commemorated with a statue that stands beside Brixham harbourside, and its base is created from the first slab that the king-to-be stepped on.

Sir Francis Drake

Visitors to Brixham will notice the replica of the Golden Hind that dominates its harbour. Although a copy of the original captained by Sir Francis Drake between 1577 and 1580, you can be forgiven for thinking the ship has been immaculately preserved!

The Golden Hind completed some of history’s most famous expeditions during its time under Drake, not least its voyage around the world – which it returned from with all kinds of treasures. The replica is open to the public and offers an insight into life onboard.

Napoleonic Fort

The Napoleonic Fort at Berry Head still stands, and makes a curious site amidst the Berry Head Nature Reserve! Many Brixham walks are centred around and start from Berry Head, as its priceless views of the bay, historic significance and beautiful Country Park mean that it offers something for everyone.

With its own 19 Century canons, a foreboding entrance and walls leading right to cliff edges – the fort is an ideal site to explore on a sunny day and will capture the imaginations of young visitors!.

Brixham Battery and Gardens

The Brixham Battery and Battery Gardens form one of Brixham’s oldest sites of interest. Originally used a battery in 1586 during the conflict between Spain and England, the battery was also active throughout the American War of Independence throughout the 1780s, as well as the Napoleonic War.

The buildings visible today were constructed in 1940, after the defeat in and evacuations from Dunkirk. The Brixham Battery is the most intact of 7 examples of similar sites remaining in the UK. Additionally, the Battery Gardens have long served as a great vantage point for watching Brixham trawler races!

 

Brixham’s varied history sets it apart from the other picturesque fishing towns in the West Country, with an historic building, site or tale at every turn. A stay in a Brixham holiday cottage is a great base to journey through the town’s heritage, and much of it can be seen via enjoyable walks and trips – for an escape from it all and a fascinating journey through Devon’s past, Brixham is the place to head.

William of Orange

November 5th 1688 saw the landing of William of Orange on Brixham’s shores as he arrived to overthrow the catholic monarch King James II. The landing would have been quite a sight, as the Dutchman bought an enormous mercenary army consisting of 20,000 men and 5,000 horses.

The mission was successful, and William of Orange later became King William III of England. The landing is commemorated with a statue that stands beside Brixham harbourside, and its base is created from the first slab that the king-to-be stepped on.

Sir Francis Drake

Visitors to Brixham will notice the replica of the Golden Hind that dominates its harbour. Although a copy of the original captained by Sir Francis Drake between 1577 and 1580, you can be forgiven for thinking the ship has been immaculately preserved!

The Golden Hind completed some of history’s most famous expeditions during its time under Drake, not least its voyage around the world – which it returned from with all kinds of treasures. The replica is open to the public and offers an insight into life onboard.

Napoleonic Fort

The Napoleonic Fort at Berry Head still stands, and makes a curious site amidst the Berry Head Nature Reserve! Many Brixham walks are centred around and start from Berry Head, as its priceless views of the bay, historic significance and beautiful Country Park mean that it offers something for everyone.

With its own 19 Century canons, a foreboding entrance and walls leading right to cliff edges – the fort is an ideal site to explore on a sunny day and will capture the imaginations of young visitors!.

Brixham Battery and Gardens

The Brixham Battery and Battery Gardens form one of Brixham’s oldest sites of interest. Originally used a battery in 1586 during the conflict between Spain and England, the battery was also active throughout the American War of Independence throughout the 1780s, as well as the Napoleonic War.

The buildings visible today were constructed in 1940, after the defeat in and evacuations from Dunkirk. The Brixham Battery is the most intact of 7 examples of similar sites remaining in the UK. Additionally, the Battery Gardens have long served as a great vantage point for watching Brixham trawler races!

 

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