Place:Paignton, Devon, England

Alt namesPeintonasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 84
Peintonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 84
Coordinates50.433°N 3.567°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoHaytor Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred in which Paignton was located
Torbay, Devon, Englandunitary authority of which it is now a part
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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.

Paignton was originally part of the Haytor Hundred and was an urban district from 1894 until 1968 when the merger into Torbay took place.

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.

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