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Topsham, Devon

The port of Topsham was built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD. At its peak the level of trade and shipbuilding matched that of London. Because of its success, the Exeter Canal was built (as the first pound lock canal in England) to allow the port of Exeter to develop its own trade. The town of Topsham still retains its port, which now supports an extensive sailing industry, together with a range of Dutch, Georgian and Edwardian architecture. Its narrow streets contain a number of old English public houses, including the Bridge Inn, which, in 1998, the Queen visited on the 101st anniversary of its occupation by the family that still owns it. Although the modern M5 passes very nearby, Topsham continues to represent all that is traditional about England and its history.

David Irvine

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