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    Default An offering from Torquay (pt1)


    I have been a little quiet as I am currently in the middle of a house move but I have still managed to get out and about...

    Daddyhole Plain

    Unfortunately the old watchtower which the plain was known for was removed in 2009/2010 and a brand new tower has been put up in its place :(



    But that doesn't mean there isn't still history here....

















    I have struggled to find much info about this structure, it is listed as someones sun-room which is what the upper level is now but when you walk through it (public access underneath) then you can see the tell-tale signs which makes me think it is of the right era to have been used as part of WW2 defenses. It's location is also spot on as you can see Brixham and Paignton from here so it's a good place to keep watch if nothing else.

    Peak Tor Cove

    Walking further along the coastal path you have the Mine Watchers Pillbox (well... all the documents found class it as a pillbox).
    It has been only in recent years sealed up apart from a few small access holes as it is now used for a roosting spot for bats.
    A couple of kids were there when I visited with my boyfriend but they were actually nice lads and not causing any damage. In fact they were fascinated to her my boyfriend explain what the building was :)





















    There were a few block up entrances around this area and even found this...





    This is the work of the artist Neverwork (as per the tag) He is known for his Banksy style artwork amoung other things and is easily traceable on the net... actually, some of his work is very good and fetches a high price too ;):)

    I have got another Torquay offering under my hat but haven't completed my efforts there yet so that will come later
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    All of the time I lived in Torbay, the closest I got was driving in & out of Daddyhole car park! Didn't realise any of this was there
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    Due to Fotopic going tits up, both these links are dead, will update if it ever comes back online! :(

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    Awwww... And to think it had been under your nose the whole time!!!
    To be honest, I had done the same as you until I started to get a bit curious and doing a bit of research.

    The minewatchers post was in location because it was obscured from view by a small cliff so anything coming in by sea wouldnt have known it was there until it was too late.
    I am gutted I only missed the observation tower at Daddyhole by only 2 years!!! I remember the old one so clearly but at the time never thought to get a photo. Ah well... You live and learn.

    I am sure all have covered in the past... But good to get an update every now and then :)
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    Nice one CD !!!
    Have been meaning to get down your way to phot that mine watchers post !! Nice to see its not too badly graffited. Love seeing pictures of bricked up entrances it really gets the explorers heart pounding wondering what lies wihin and even more so how the bloody hell am i gonna get in there !! Thanx for the post !! I'm off now to see if i can find a picture of the old tower at Daddyhole--to see what i've missed !!:p

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffy5518 View Post
    !! I'm off now to see if i can find a picture of the old tower at Daddyhole--to see what i've missed !!:p
    Thanks mate
    If you have got the google earth overlay there is a picture on there which I think was taken in 1996.

    As far as the mine watchers post is concerned unfortunately it is a definate no-go as the horseshoe bats who have set up a colony inside are protected and it is now designated as a sanctury for them... I believe heavy fines can be incurred even for just thinking about it (ok a mild exageration but you get my point)
    I would love to have a nosey inside but alas it is not to be :(
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    Really enjoyed your thread, Curious. Some great bits and pieces there. Looks like a nice walk too. :)
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    I love old coastal things like buildings, especially anything war/military related! =) I always used to wonder what on earth they were when I was little.
    Tell me about the dream where we pull the bodies out of the lake and dress them in warm clothes again. How it was late, and no one could sleep, the horses running until they forget that they are horses.

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    Thanks everyone. I was the same... buildings of curiosity as a child (although these particular ones are so far off the beaten track I didnt know they existed):)
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    Nice one CD love the XDO post shame it's been sealed but at least the bats will put it to good use

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    It is better that the building is saved so in a way the bats are doing us a favour. It is a shame that we can't look around inside as a result but its the greater good I suppose
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