I spent many of my childhood holidays in Teignmouth in South Devon. I love it here. It was the last place in England to be invaded by a foreign power. That was back in 1690 and the French had something to do with it after the Anglo-Dutch loss of the Battle of Beachy Head.

“by the late horrid invasion there were within the space of 12 houres burnt downe and consumed 116 dwelling houses … and also 172 dwelling houses were rifled and plundered and two parish churches much ruined, plundred and defaced, besides the burning of ten saile of shipps with the furniture thereof, and the goods and merchandise therein.”

Teignmouth - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I must go to the museum to find out more about it. It’s on French Street.

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