This is a fortified manor house situated in the parish and former manor of Powderham. It is a Grade 1 listed building. It is situated on marshy ground on the west bank of the River Exe estuary where it is joined by its tributary the River Kenn. The castle was expanded and altered extensively in the 18th and 19th cenrury most notably by James Wyatt in the 1790s. The castle remains the seat of the Courtenay family, Earls of Devon. The current Earl is Charles Courtenay 19th Earl of Devon born 1975. He is the son of the 18th Earl and a practising barrister, and he resides at the castle with his wife and two children.
This took us back to Paignton. She is a GWR 4575 Class No 5542 and was built in 1928. It was first allocated to Gloucester entering service on 2nd August 1928. Over the next 33 years it was based at Bristol, Taunton and Newton Abbot and was transferred to Westbury in 1957. It spent 14 years in Barry scrapyard before being acquired privately.
See previous for the Kingswear Ferry! We got off and joined this queue to get back on!!!
This was built at Swindon works in 1920. It is a GWR 4200 Class No 4277 and has carried the name Hercules. In 1948 it passed into British Railway ownership in 1948 and spent most of its working life in South Wales on freight trains and was withdrawn in 1964 from Aberbeeg shed. It remained in a scrapyard in Barry until 1986 when it was privately purchased. In 2008 it was sold to the Dartmouth Steam Railway and painted in GWR Brunswick Green livery. On 1st August 2008 it was named Hercules and this nameplate is located on the smokebox. These nameplates are historically inauthentic for this locomotive. The name Hercules has been carried by two previous GWR locomotives. Anyway Hercules took us from Paignton to Kingswear! Woo woo!
Situated at the terminus of the Dartmouth Steam Railway at Kingswear station. The station has the slipway to the Dartmouth Lower Ferry and a pontoon to the previously mentioned Dartmouth Passenger Ferry.
Another view of Dartmouth Estuary.
This is a Great Western Railway 7800 Manor Class No 7827 Lydham Manor, a preserved British Steam locomotive currently owned and based on the Dartmouth Steam Railway. This was built in 1950 and its first shed allocation was at Chester. In 1959 it was moved to Oswestry. It was withdrawn in 1965 and acquired by the Dart Valley Railway in June 1970 being restored in 1973. Woo woo!
Formerly the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway this is a 6.7 mile heritage railway which runs on the former GWR branch line from Paignton to Kingswear on the River Dart Estuary. Much of its business is summer tourists who travel to Kingswear and take the Dartmouth Passenger Ferry to Dartmouth. We had already seen Dartmouth so we got off the ferry and straight back on again which bemused one of their staff! Only there for the steam railway of course! The line is owned and operated by Dart Valley plc which also owns the Dart Pleasure Craft which operates the Dartmouth Passenger Ferry as well as river and coastal cruises.
This pier on the English Riviera opened to the public in June 1879 and it is 780 feet in length. It comprises an entrance building at the shoreward end along with what looks to be several individual pavilion buildings connected along the neck. These in fact form one single amusement arcade through their entire length. At the pier-head is an open amusement area containing karts, slides and carousel.
The ferry which runs all day from the south side of the estuary, Shaldon, to Teignmouth. Very handy and saves quite a walk!