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is a seaside town in Devon, England, part of the unitary authority area of Torbay.It lies 18 miles (29 km) south of the county town of Exeter and 28 miles (45 km) east-north-east of Plymouth, on the north of Tor Bay, adjoining the neighbouring town of Paignton on the west of the bay and across from the fishing port of Brixham.
After the growth of the preceding decades, Torquay was granted borough status in 1872.
The mild climate (for the UK) attracted many visitors who considered the town a convalescence retreat where they could recover from illness away from the cold and cloudy winters of more northerly or easterly locations.
The population of Torquay grew rapidly from 838 in 1801, to 11,474 in 1851.
The second phase in the expansion of Torquay began when Torre railway station was opened on 18 December 1848.
The improved transport connections resulted in rapid growth at the expense of nearby towns not on Isambard Kingdom Brunel's railways.
Later, as the town's fame spread, it was popular with the crème de la crème of Victorian society.
Renowned for its healthful climate, the town earned the nickname of the English Riviera.Torquay's name originates in its being the quay of the ancient village of Torre.In turn, Torre takes its name from the tor, the extensively quarried remains of which can be seen by the town's Lymington Road thus giving this the original name of Torrequay, then Torkay, Torkey and Tor Quay before joining the words together to Torquay.Previously regarded as a convalescence retreat, Torquay began to encourage summer visitors, and 1902 saw the first advertising campaign to market Torquay to summer tourists.Torquay Tramways operated electric street trams from 1907.In the 1900s a ballroom and a new sea water-filled swimming pool were built.