40 Delightful Images of Devon, England in the 1890s

Devon is a county of England in the south-west corner of the British Isles.

The name Devon comes from a Celtic tribe called Dumnonii, meaning “deep valley dwellers”, that inhabited the area at about the time of the Roman invasion of Britain (AD 43).

In around AD 1000, the Anglo-Saxons partly absorbed Devon into one of their Kingdoms, called Wessex. At this time, Devon became a “shire”. Although not in common use today, the term “Devonshire” is often used for the light meal known as “Devonshire Cream Tea”.

Oddly enough, the seat of the Duke of Devonshire is held in Derbyshire at Chatsworth House and has no connection to the county of Devon.

The arrival of the railways in the 19th century secured Devon’s position as one of Britain’s favourite seaside resort destinations. The “English Riviera” spans several towns on the southern coast of Devon, which benefit from a mild climate, sandy beaches, and plenty of leisure attractions.

Join us as we tour the towns of late-19th-century Devon.

Town and hotels from Capstone, Ilfracombe, Devon
Town and hotels from Capstone, Ilfracombe
Capstone, from the arcade, Ilfracombe, Devon
Capstone, from the arcade, Ilfracombe
Capstone steps, Ilfracombe, Devon
Capstone steps, Ilfracombe
Shaldon Bridge in Teignmouth, Devon
Shaldon Bridge in Teignmouth
Tavistock, Devon
Tavistock
HMS Impregnable, Devonport Dockyard
HMS Impregnable, Devonport Dockyard
High Street, Exeter, Devon
High Street, Exeter
The Tower, Newton Abbot, Devon
The Tower, Newton Abbot

Abbey bridge, Tavistock, Devon
Abbey bridge, Tavistock
View from Torquay Road, Teignmouth, Devon
View from Torquay Road, Teignmouth
View from the Ness, Teignmouth, Devon
View from the Ness, Teignmouth
View from E. Cliff, Teignmouth, Devon
View from E. Cliff, Teignmouth, Devon
The Ness, Teignmouth, Devon
The Ness, Teignmouth
The den, Teignmouth
The den, Teignmouth
The den, Teignmouth, Devon
The den, Teignmouth
The beach, Teignmouth, Devon
The beach, Teignmouth

Taddiport from Castle Hill, Torrington, Devon
Taddiport from Castle Hill, Torrington, Devon
Rothern Bridge, Torrington, Devon
Rothern Bridge, Torrington
High Street, Clovelly, Devon
High Street, Clovelly
Princess Gardens, Torquay, Devon
Princess Gardens, Torquay
Natural Arch, Torquay, Devon
Natural Arch, Torquay
Landing place, Totnes, Devon
Landing place, Totnes, Devon
Guildhall Square, Tavistock, Devon
Guildhall Square, Tavistock
General view, Totnes, Devon
General view, Totnes

From Waldren Hill, Torquay, Devon
From Waldren Hill, Torquay
From the hill, Torquay, Devon
From the hill, Torquay
From Rock Walk, Torquay, Devon
From Rock Walk, Torquay
Fore Street, Totnes, Devon
Fore Street, Totnes
Cockington Village, Torquay, Devon
Cockington Village, Torquay
Cockington Church, Torquay, Devon
Cockington Church, Torquay
Castle Hill, Torrington, Devon
Castle Hill, Torrington
Babbacombe Beach, Torquay, Devon
Babbacombe Beach, Torquay

Babbacombe Beach, Torquay, Devon
Babbacombe Beach, Torquay
Approach to Babbacombe Beach, Torquay, Devon
Approach to Babbacombe Beach, Torquay
Anstey's Cove, Torquay, Devon
Anstey’s Cove, Torquay
Lee
Lee
Brentor, Dartmoor, Devon
Brentor, Dartmoor
Glen Lyn, falls and upper bridge, Lynton and Lynmouth, Devon
Glen Lyn, falls and upper bridge, Lynton and Lynmouth, Devon
Saltash Bridge, Plymouth, Devon
Saltash Bridge, Plymouth
Swiss cottage, Lee, Devon
Swiss cottage, Lee
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David James

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