Paignton is a coastal town in Devon in England. Together with Torquay and Brixham it forms the unitary authority (formerly district municipality) of Torbay. The Torbay area is a holiday destination known as the English Riviera. Paignton's population in the United Kingdom Census of 2001 was 48,251. It has origins as a Celtic settlement and was first mentioned in 1086.
Paignton was a small fishing village until the 19th century when, in 1837, the Paington [sic] Harbour Act led to the construction of a new harbour and the modern spelling, Paignton, first appeared. A railway line was opened to passengers in 1859 creating links to Torquay and London. The villages of Goodrington and Preston (re-directed here) were always part of Paignton Civil Parish and are now suburbs of Paignton.
Isaac Merritt Singer (1811 – 1875), the sewing machine magnate, made his home in Paignton from 1871 until his death in 1875.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Paignton.