Paignton's cottage life
PAIGNTON is the most historic of Torbay's three towns and has many old buildings to prove it, including the enchanting Kirkham House off Cecil Road owned by English Heritage.
A few thatched cottages still remain along the routes of the original lanes, harking back to the days when few could afford slates.
Those that survive sit incongruous in the modern urban sprawl like stranded antiques.
Road widening signalled the end for some including cottages in Southfield Road, Cecil Road and Winner Street.
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Fire has also taken its toll, namely the row of thatched cottages adjoining the Globe Inn in Winner Street which burned down in 1927.
Others were demolished because they were sitting on sites too valuable for mere residential use.
A terrace of five cottages once occupied the site of the Paignton Club at the end of Paignton Green.
Nearby Cliff Cottage survives but in a setting much changed from that pictured here.
The path that led to the front door was removed, along with many tonnes of soil and rock to enable the road surrounding the harbour to join up with Marsh Lane, now called Sands Road.
The latter sounded much grander for the posh villas that would eventually be built along it.
The final picture reminds us of the on-going investment to preserve Paignton's old buildings namely the cosy Manor Inn on the Old Torquay Road. This picture of its thatching is from 1970.