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 Park Hotel planning application is now on the Torbay Council website. The reference number is P/2018/0804 .

Current programme of events - 

 September 2018 - November 2018

Dates for your diary

September 8th & 9th Heritage Open Days 2018.  Kirkham House open 11am to 4pm.

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 September 20th 7.30 pm Anthony Hill on the role of Oldway in the First World War as a Military Hospital.  Using Society photographs not often seen.

Thursday October 18th  7.30pm  Our AGM with a difference.  After formalities, David Watts will present a 'quiz night' of local scenes and unusual perspectives !!!


Thursday November 15th 7.30pm  Derek Gore -  'Variants on Archaeology' (TBC)






Newsletter  -  September 2018

Harbour Day - A great success



A big thank you to all Society volunteers who helped to make the day a great success.  This year we were located in the main marquee where we had many visitors.  Our thanks also to Terry Ekers who kindly provided extra  photographs of the harbour over the years.


Books sales went well and yet again we saw considerable interest in the Society Albums and motion pictures on display.  Locals and holiday makers alike were delighted and many stayed quite a while chatting with each other and Society members in attendance. 


Oldway update



As most will by now know - "Not for sale!" was the decision taken by the Council at the meeting on 21 June 2018 in the Riviera Centre in Chestnut Avenue, Torquay.


It was very good to see so many Society members and other residents turn up for the meeting.   No one believes the situation is an easy one to resolve.  But at last attention can now focus 100% on bringing the main buildings back into use in a gradual way that reflects the very clear wishes expressed by the community.


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.


The reports considered at the meeting are available to read at:


Did you miss the August meeting ?


In a break from previous years, it was not certain anyone would turn up to an August meeting !


How wrong we were.  David Scott gave an excellent presentation on the causes of the First World War to a well attended audience.  Even the good weather outside we?ve been experiencing this summer was no match. 


Following David's very interesting presentation the questions flowed thick and fast.  Many confirmed afterwards how they had enjoyed the event enormously.


Historians will often point out at least 50 years must pass before events of history can be understood fully.  The evening certainly explored a great many aspects.


Congratulations to the winners of our 'Murder Mystery' at Kirkham House on August Bank Holiday Monday


The 'incident room'


What a great day it was - even the weather was kind.  The visitor book brimmed over with praise and fun was had by all.  Very special thanks to all Society members who so freely gave their time for the whole day.


The victim


The winning couple lived nearby and solved the mystery in just 16 minutes !!. The runner up, also a local, took 26 minutes.  The youngest 'super sleuths' were aged 10 and 13 who took a little longer but also got it right.  Congratulations to everybody who took part.


So who did it, why and how ?  It was Samuel who killed Thomas because he had been cruelly treated by Thomas.  So he picked Hemlock in the woods which he crushed and put into the ale he gave Thomas to drink.  Well done to everybody who took part.


Our very best to Audrey Wilcox

For many years Audrey has volunteered her time at countless Society events as well as spreading the word of our activities far and wide.  We will miss you on your move to Christchurch, Dorset.  A very big 'thank you' from us all and our best wishes for the future.

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