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Sadly Terry Leaman died on Monday 27th February 2023. Terry had been very active with all of his interests right up until the time that he died, and many of these interests are reflected on his website. Terry is sadly missed by all who knew him, and his local knowledge is irreplaceable. His website will remain active in memory of him, but will no longer be updated.


Hello, I'm Terry Leaman and I'd like to welcome you to my web site.

I live in TORQUAY, in the County of Devon, which is in the South West of England.


In this part of Devon we have our own micro climate and are able to grow, quite successfuly, the Torbay Palm (Cordyline Australis) this one was photographed on Babbacombe Downs on 15th Sept 2004


My main hobbies are Genealogy and local history. You will find links at the bottom of the page that will take you to my Family pages- the LEAMAN family from Widecombe in the Moor and Torquay, and my maternal family of HOOPER from Exbourne and Torquay.

There are various pertinent entries from 19th & 20th Century directories, for Torquay, St Mary Church, Cockington etc. Plus an Index to the 1861 census for the Parish of St Mary Church

You will also find photos and information on my home town of TORQUAY in glorious South Devon, plus some earlier photos from my collection will help give you an idea of what the town was like in the late 1800's and early 1900's

There is also a collection of links to other sites both for genealogy and more information about Devon and Torquay in Particular.

A recently compiled listing, the result of 15 years research by two of our local historians, of World War 2 Military and Civilian dead from Torquay, the military names have been engraved onto new panels which are affixed to the Cenotaph that stands in Princess Gardens, on the sea front. If you know of anyone not listed, but who should be, please let me know at the e-mail address below.

I feel very honoured to be allowed to publish these names on to my web site- please respect the copyright.

I hope you enjoy your visit, if you think you connect with any of the families mentioned, you just want to know something about the area or if any of the links do not appear to work please e-mail me

Terry Leaman


PLEASE NOTE (Feb 2009):- I can assure everyone that I am still alive & kicking- there are numerous results in Google saying that a Terry Leaman has died. Whilst my thoughts go out to the family involved, I can assure you it is not me.

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If, after searching you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact me by e-mail and I'll do my best to help




A Mystery Roll of Honour from the First World War has been handed over by the War Memorials Trust to Torquay Museum for safe keeping.

Can you help to identify it or any of the people named?

GO TO see a picture of the handover, the Roll of honour itself and the list of names



Please note;- that whilst you are welcome to download any information or images for your own personal use, downloading or copying any information or images for commercial use is expressly forbidden without prior consent.
This whole site is copyright T. Leaman of Torquay, 2002/3/4/5/6/7/8/9



Devon-L and the online Parish Clerk Project, my resources available for look-ups



TORQUAY-modern Photos

COCKINGTON- Old world charm in a modern town

TORQUAY-in old photos and prints

Torquay- photos from the 1860s to early 1900s, all taken from stereoviews and CDVs

24 Prints by Rock & Co taken from a book published by C. Way snr. circa 1876

Torquay - old transport photos, Trams, steam buses, etc

Torquay entries from Pigots 1822 Directory

Torquay, Paignton And Neighbourhood entries from Pigots 1830 Directory

1832 Directory from Blewitts "Panorama of Torquay"

Cockrem's Directory of Torquay for Friday 7th October 1842

Torquay, Paignton And Neighbourhood entries from Pigots 1844 Directory

Torquay entries from Whites 1850 Directory of Devon

Cockington & St Marychurch entries from Whites 1850 Directory of Devon

Kellys 1856 Post Office Directory entries for Torquay

Billing Directory of Devonshire 1857- St Mary Church entries

Billing Directory of Devonshire 1857- Cockington entries

Torquay Trade adverts from 1878

1911 A-Z Directory of Torquay Householders

1911 Business Directory of Torquay

TORQUAY- Parish of St. Mary Church (inc.Babbacombe & Watcombe)

St Marychurch and District Photos

Index to 1861 Census of the Parish of St Mary Church

John Lee, The man they couldn't hang.

St Marychurch Parish Church, names on World War 1 Memorial

Tor School WW1 War Memorial

Upton National School, WW1 war memorial

All Saints Church, Babbacombe - names on War Memorial- WW1 &WW2

St John's Church War Memorial

Torquay WW1 War Memorial- list of names inscribed thereon

listing of Torquay Military & Civilian casualties in WW2

Enid Elliott Linder & Pennyfarthing Galleries

Torquay places of Worship- Churches Chapels etc.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway

Shipping in Torbay

Iron Foundries in Torquay