Spanish Barn at Torre Abbey, Torquay.

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TonyWalker Studio4t1 on October 3, 2009

The Spanish Barn at Torre Abbey

Torre Abbey was founded in 1196 as a monastery. In 1662 after the dissolution of monasteries it was the home of the Cary family until 1930. The Tithe Barn which stands next to Torre Abbey known as the “Spanish Barn”, was used to imprison 397 Spanish prisoners who were captured by the English Navy when fighting in the Armada in 1588. Their ship was towed to Torquay, and the prisoners were all held captive in overcrowded conditions. With a plague of Rats, Sickness and Disease very few of the prisoners survived. However, one of the Spaniards was given last rites on their deathbed by a local priest of the time, and it was discovered that the person was not a seaman at all, but a woman in disguise, who had been smuggled onto the ship in order to be with her lover or husband. Her ghost has been seen reappearing in Torre Abbey Meadows near to the waterfront, drifting slowly back towards the entrance of the Barn with a very down and tired looking face.

Giuseppe Melis on October 4, 2009

Hi Tone, thanks for the historical notes that you put in your photos, I find them very interesting.

PS: That's your bike? Very, very nice, congratulations!



TonyWalker Studio4t1 on October 4, 2009

Hi Giuseppe Thanks I'm only just finding out my self about the history of the place i grew up. Having been away for so long I look at the place with open eyes now. Yes thats my YAMAHA R1 Which helps me get to the hard to get to places to take photos.



Animal Place by John… on October 4, 2009

Very nice shot Tone. Greetings John.

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on October 4, 2009

Meny thanks crommetje. Greetings Tone.

thor☼odin™ on October 6, 2009

Thank you for showing Tone and the explanation that takes us on a trip back in times and let the imagination work... I like such documentation a lot... oh you are a horsepowered photographer :) nice vehicle compared to my red iron stallion :LOL: Best wishes, Peter

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on October 6, 2009

Hi thor☼odin™ Youre welcome. I'm pleased you like it. Yes my little 1 litre tyre eater gets me around, Quickly but not cheaply like your little red stallion.

All the best Tone.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 3, 2009
  • Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
    by TonyWalker Studio4t1
    • Camera: SONY DSC-W300
    • Taken on 2009/10/02 17:57:05
    • Exposure: 0.020s (1/50)
    • Focal Length: 7.60mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.70 EV
    • No flash