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 has been  lodged with Torbay Council for the final consultation.

 After the final consultation has been completed, the Plan will be passed to an Independent Assessor to be checked against the Neighbourhood Plan legislation requirements.  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 talks - September to December 2017

Saturday December 16 - Kirkham House Murder Mystery event. Members only.  See below.

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  September 21  Ian Handford says "There's no such thing as Torbay"

Thursday  October 19 .  Mike Wells - a talk on Preston

Thursday November 16  Paul Hawthorne (Friends of Oldway) tells us about Oldway






Quarterly newsletter  September 2017

Our Heritage display at Paignton Harbour Day    on Saturday 12 August was a great success. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it happen. New members joined and we added to our Society funds. Visitors also wanted to know when we will be repeating the much larger Heritage Day event that we held in June. The message is clear, we have a source of valuable knowledge and material our community wants to see and support.

Paignton Picture House  is one of the main venues for the exciting arts and cultural project that is coming to the Bay this September - The Tale. If you haven't heard of it, more information can be found here:  The Tale run across the first three weekends in September - Friday to Sunday, and with two special days for school children on the 7 and 14 September. Our Society is being asked if any of our members would help with this project.  Volunteers each receive a free ticket to The Tale, and travel and subsistence expenses. A full day of volunteering runs from 10.45 to 6pm, but there are also am and pm volunteering slots. 

The role can involve one or more of the following: box office/checking tickets; welcoming and providing information; assisting with creative activities; practical event set-up; surveys and feedback for visitors.

Volunteers are needed  for all dates, but particularly the two school days and the three Fridays. Anyone interested should contact Josephine Brown  at [email protected]   or by phone - 07929 725412, and ideally within the next seven days.

Heritage Open Days.  Kirkham House will be open free of charge 11 am to 4  pm on Saturday and Sunday, 9 and 10 September. Please tell your friends, and if you can spare some time to help staff the House on those days, please contact David Coaker: 01803 553392.  [email protected]

Medieval Murder Mystery at Kirkham House ? Not to be missed !

We are organising a Society members only Christmas fun event at Kirkham House on Saturday 16 December 2017 (from 3pm to 5:30pm). If you like playing ?Cluedo?, enjoy mince pies, seasonal music or mulled wine after solving a puzzle, put the date in your diary. For £3 per person it?s an event not to miss. To book your place contact Eileen Donovan - 01803 555214) or David Watts - 01803 523434

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