A fashionable seaside resort

An Edwardian family on Teignmouth beach with a bathing machine

An Edwardian family on Teignmouth beach with a bathing machine

Teignmouth developed from the mid-eighteenth century to become one of the earliest resorts along the Devon coast. Visiting gentry came to improve their health by “taking the waters”. This involved drinking sea water as well as bathing in it.

The fashionable enthusiasm for rustic simplicity was well accommodated by the town’s natural picturesque setting and its quaint, clean cottages, rebuilt after the French Raid. When wealthy travellers could not travel abroad because of the Napoleonic wars, Teignmouth became styled “the Montpellier of England”.

You can find out more about Teignmouth’s history by visiting the Teign Heritage Centre.