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 - 

 March 2018 - May 17 2018



The following events will be at the Gerston Christian Centre, Gerston Place, Paignton (almost opposite the Post Office), starting at 7.30 pm.  Members £3  non-members £4.        Refreshments included. Enquiries:  David Watts 01803 523434  [email protected]

 Thursday February 15   2018 7.30 pm  John Risdon will give a talk on Churston & Broadsands.

Thursday  March 15  7.30 pm Nick Pannell reviews "Paignton Bygones"

Thursday April 19  7.30 pm   Paul Hawthorne updates us about Oldway or,  if there is no Oldway news, a picture show of Marldon

Thursday  May 17   7.30 pm  Ian Handford tells us about George Soudon Bridgman, an important Paignton architect.






Quarterly newsletter  December 2017



Don?t miss our "Medieval Murder Mystery" at Kirkham House Tickets are now available for our Society "members only" event on Saturday 16 December 2017 (from 3pm to 5:30pm) at £3 per person.  This includes your "detective crib sheet" for solving the murder as you move around the house and a prize for the winner.  Runners up will have to settle for lots of fun, solving the riddle, mince pies, seasonal music and tasty wine.  Space is limited, so first come first served. To book your place contact Eileen Donovan 01803 555214) or David Watts - 01803 523434


How are we doing?   A big "thank you" to all who completed our Questionnaire.  The results were shown at the AGM in October.  14% of our membership replied, which is a healthy return rate.  For those not able to attend, the results were:


Our monthly meetings  77% were satisfied with our usual location, but 23% felt it too cold in winter.  81% were happy with our time of evening meeting (starting at 7:30pm) but 19% felt it should start earlier.   73% are happy with our monthly meetings being on a Thursday, but 23% would prefer a different day, though no clear favourite emerged.  77% are happy with our mix of speaker topics, with 15% wanting a change, with more emphasis on heritage matters.  Of those who included suggestions, 19% would like to try an afternoon meeting, or an outing to a place of local interest.


Next steps - Your Committee has been asked to consider all of these results further.  As a first step, we will be holding an extra meeting on 1st February 2018 at the Palace Avenue Methodist Church Hall as an experiment. See below.


 Our "Special Meeting"   Thursday 1st February 2018


In response to suggestions made by our Society members in the recent survey, we will be holding this "Special Meeting" at the Palace Avenue Methodist Church Hall (entrance in Tower Road)   6.30 pm - 9 pm  to:

  • View our extensive library of photograph albums

  • Look at the revolving projector "picture" shows we have

  • Consider what we want to do about setting up a Heritage Centre

  • Identify places of interest the Society would like to visit within and outside of Paignton


    Tea and biscuits will also be available at the meeting in the usual way, but with an earlier start time as there will be a lot to see and discuss.


    Heritage Day 2018.  Following the success of our first event last June, we will be repeating the event in summer 2018.  Details will follow in the March newsletter.



    Access to the "Tony Moss Collection"

    In addition to 32 volumes of photographs, the rest of the collection has now been brought together and is easily able to provide another 32 volumes of local heritage information.   Anyone who would like to help with this is invited to speak with the Chairman (David Watts) via any of the contact details shown  below.

Send in your views on the Paignton Neighbourhood Plan   The Plan has been  prepared by our community and was submitted to Torbay Council in August.  Everyone is now able to send in views on the content of the Plan for consideration by an Independent Assessor  not the Council.  The importance of our local heritage assets forms a key part of the Plan.  Further details are  on the Council's website at  


Or visit Torbay Council's website and search for "consultations".  If you wish to send a letter of support by post, send it to Neighbourhood Plans, Spatial Planning, Electric House, Castle Circus, Torquay, TQ1 3DR and head your letter "Paignton Neighbourhood Plan".      Please note your support for the Plan must be  received by the Council by no later than 09:00hrs on Monday 18 December 2017.


An update on our key heritage sites    Rumour has it that the expected report on the future of Oldway will be available soon.  We will keep you posted.

Dartmouth Castle

If you enjoy history and sharing your enthusiasm about the subject with others, how about becoming a volunteer at picturesque Dartmouth Castle? English Heritage  currently has a number of volunteering opportunities available with flexible hours to suit you.

As an English Heritage volunteer you can:

  • Meet new people

  • Be part of a friendly team

  • Indulge in your passion

  • Engage with your local heritage

  • Receive a volunteer pass which allows you free entry to all English Heritage properties, on completion of 60 hours and four months volunteering.


For more information please visit our website:,

email [email protected] or call Dartmouth Castle during opening hours on 01803 833588.

I and the Committee wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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