Preston, Devon

Preston is a suburb located in the northern part of Paignton in Devon. Preston is a popular destination for family holidays and has two main beaches; Hollicombe, a red sandy beach with cliffs and rock pools, and Preston Sands with rock pools, beach huts and facilities. At low tide it is possible to walk between Preston Sands and the adjoining beaches at Paignton. The ward population at the 2011 census was 10,924.[1]

Preston had a railway station called Preston Platform briefly between 1911 and 1914. The entrance to the platform (now bricked up with grey breeze blocks) can be found on the footpath that runs in a northerly direction below the railway bridge at the bottom of Seaway Road. Preston Platform was the only halt ever built between the Torquay and Paignton railway stations.

Preston has a primary school, Preston Primary, which technically is in the Livermead suburb of Torquay, with the boundary between the towns of Paignton and Torquay running through the school grounds. St Paul's Church was built in 1938–39 to the designs of Nugent Cachemaille-Day.[2][3]

References

  1. "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  2. "Paignton's third new church". The Torbay Express and South Devon Echo. 11 December 1939. Retrieved 31 October 2019 via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. "Second new church". The Western Morning News. 16 January 1939. Retrieved 31 October 2019 via British Newspaper Archive.


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