Welcome  to   


      Paignton Heritage Society  





   We care for Paignton's past, present, and future. 

Our aims are :

To preserve and open to the public all the heritage buildings in Paignton.

To encourage tourist and trade initiatives that will benefit Paignton.

To support local concern over critical planning applications.

To monitor the policies and plans of government, council, and developers.

Latest - The Paignton Neighbourhood Plan is approaching the end stages.  The final stage is a Referendum in which all residents eligible to vote in local elections can vote on the Plan.  If more than 50% of those voting  vote in favour of the Plan, then it becomes the official Plan for Paignton.

The Plan - which is strictly non-political and has no connection with Torbay Council - has been created by Paignton residents - private individuals, businesses. local groups and many others -  all working together to set out a viable future for Paignton. Please visit the website and click on The Submitted Plan to see the version on which the final consultation is based. .  

Current programme of events - 

 June 2018 - August 2018

Thursday June 21  5:30 pm Council meeting at the Riviera Centre to consider the Oldway Reports


Saturday July 28th  - Harbour Day, at Paignton Harbour main marquee


Bank Holiday Monday 27th August 2pm-5pm  Kirkham House Murder Mystery event. £3 competition entry.


The following events will be at the Gerston Christian Centre, Gerston Place, Paignton (almost opposite the Post Office). Entrance  Members £3  non-members £4.        Refreshments included.


Thursday June 21st  7.30 pm Mike Holgate assesses Devon rogues, villains, and reprobates

Thursday July 19th  Dr David Hardwood tells us about Malaysia

Thursday August 16th  David Scott looks at the causes of the first world war. 





Newsletter  -  June 2018

Oldway Report published at last !!

At long last the Council has published the report produced by the consultants who were asked to look into the future of the Mansion and its grounds.  The report makes interesting reading and makes clear how important the buildings and gardens are to the community.   Welcome recommendations are made that fit with the Society?s wish to see the building and grounds brought back into use gradually rather than the "big bang" approach that previously proved not achievable. However, it?s far from certain this will be the outcome.  Concern continues to be raised by Council officers in an accompanying report regarding the availability of funds.

If you are able to attend the meeting, the report and next steps are due to be considered by the Council at 5:30pm on 21 June 2018 in the Riviera International Conference Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay.


The report from the consultants, and the report from the officers are available to read at:

There is great concern the Council may want to sell the estate.  The Friends of Oldway have organised an on-line petition to resist this, which can accessed at:


The Society has already made known its wish to help in whatever way it can to retain and make good use of the building and grounds.

Another successful Heritage Day.

A big thank you to all who visited and helped with our display at the Palace Avenue Methodist Church Hall on Saturday 2 June 2018.



Once again we found visitors had great interest in the large number of photographs 

and other information we hold about the heritage of our town.

Harbour Day is next !!

Don't forget you can see more of our material at the Paignton Harbour Day on Saturday 28 July 2018.  We will be in the main marquee this time due to renovation works at our normal venue.  So book it in your diary and spread the word.

Don't miss a new "Murder Mystery" at Kirkham House on August Bank Holiday Monday (27 August 2018)


Following the success of our trial run last December, a new set of clues have been put together for a repeat of this very successful event.  Once again a prize will be given to the person who solves the murder of Thomas Kirkham in the shortest time.  It's a great location and a fun event not to be missed.  Entry to the competition will be £3 and full details will be given on the day. If the weather is fine,  tea and cake will be available in the garden.    A treat not to be missed.





Entry to the competition will be £3 and full details will be given on the day. If the weather is fine,  tea and cake will be available in the garden.    A treat not to be missed.

Use of our Archive is growing

Over the winter months, records have been made of more than 5,000 photographic slides we have, and another 2,000 were recently added by donation to the Society.  Enquiries received have included an author in Cornwall seeking information and a student studying for a PhD.  The importance of the collection time and again is showing its worth.  If you have a particular subject interest you wish to see, please contact the Chairman on 01803 523434.

Some admin stuff.

Newsletters are issued quarterly.  If you are on the internet, please let us know your email address so that we can save on postage, and also save the shoe leather of the volunteers who distribute hard copy  newsletters by hand.

Don't forget our Society meeting in August !!

Traditionally we have not had a monthly Society meeting in August.  By popular request we are changing this for 2018.  There will be a meeting at our usual time and venue at Gerston Chapel Hall at 7:30pm on Thursday 16 August 2018 (see below).

                                                                    David Watts, Chairman,

Weston Villa, 34 Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 5JZ

01803 523434          [email protected]

Paignton Green Covenant


Torbay Council covenants with all inhabitants of the wards of Blatchcombe, Clifton with Maidenway, Goodrington with Roselands, Preston and Roundham with Hyde (the Paignton Wards) that for a period of 100 years beginning on the date of this deed it will not on the land shown edged red on the plan attached erect or permit the erection of any permanent structure without any such proposal first obtaining the majority of votes in a referendum of the persons who at the day of the referendum would be entitled to vote as electors at an election of councillors for any of the Paignton Wards and are registered as local government electors at an address within the Paignton Wards.  For the purposes of this covenant 'permanent structure' shall mean any structure intended to remain on the land for a period greater than 6 months in any period of 12 consecutive months.  This covenant shall not apply to the installation, construction or renewal (whether by statutory undertakers or otherwise) of any media for the supply or removal, electricity, gas, water, sewage, energy, telecommunications, data and all other services and utilities and all structures, machinery and equipment ancillary to those media.


It needs to be noted the land edged red did not include the playpark but does include the rest of central and north greens