The name is an Anglo-Saxon one, and means Toppa's village, Toppa having been the local landowner.[6]

The case against Not cheap for these parts. Lovely as it is to be well served with trains, and beautiful though the view is from the train windows, the tracks do rather get between you and the water.

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After a period of decline over the first half of the 20th century, Topsham has increasingly become a desirable and high-value residential location. The 21st century has seen development into the 'Topsham Gap' - greenfield land between Topsham and Exeter.

Formerly a major seaport, the town is now of interest for its architecture, scenery and proximity to nature reserves for wading and migrating birds, such as RSPB Bowling Green Marsh on the Exe Estuary, the whole of which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

In addition to St Margaret's Anglican church, there is also a Methodist church, situated in Fore Street; a Congregational Church situated in Victoria Road; and a Roman Catholic church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, which meets in Station Road.

The Bridge Inn is a Grade II listed public house at Bridge Hill, that dates to the 18th century.[15] It is on the Campaign for Real Ale's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.[16]

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Schools Primaries: Exminster, Kenton, Starcross, The Topsham and Cockwood are all “good”. The nearest “good” secondaries are West Exe in Exeter, Exmouth Community and Dawlish Community.

On Topsham's outskirts, you will also find Darts Farm, a treasure trove of delicious local produce and lifestyle shopping.

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The Globe bar & restaurant offers local fresh food and friendly service for lunch or dinner in Topsham.

There are many Dutch style houses in Topsham dating from the time when Topsham was an important cotton port. Many of Topsham's houses are built using Dutch bricks, which were brought over as ballast from Holland – to where the wool and cotton from South-West England had been exported.

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Distinctive buildings include elegant 17c Dutch-style merchant houses in The Strand like attractive Topsham Museum where interesting exhibitions include Vivian Leigh memorabilia of Gone With The Wind fame, linked to Topsham through her first marriage.

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The native Celtic settlement of Topsham became the port of the Roman city of Isca Dumnoniorum (Exeter) in the first century AD, and continued to serve it until the Roman occupation of southern Britain ceased about the year 400. In the 7th century the Saxon rule in East Devon saw the settlement grow into a considerable village.

Bargain of the week Not quite that, but a three-bed Grade II-listed cottage in Topsham for £330,000 is as good as it gets;

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Topsham's position, offering a sheltered harbour to seagoing trade enabled it to thrive as a port, a centre for both fishing and shipbuilding. Notable ships such as HMS Terror (part of Franklin's lost expedition) and HMS Cyane (later known as the USS Cyane after capture by the American Navy) were built here in the early 19th century. The town was the scene of a notable Parliamentarian naval assault during the English Civil War.

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Welcome to The Globe, a characterful 16th century coaching inn located in Topsham, Devon, a busy and popular estuary town just downriver from Exeter.  The boutique hotel style bedrooms are all unique. Each room is stylish and inviting, with divinely comfortable Vi-Spring beds - free WIFI connectivity is standard throughout.

Decorated with rich textures and colours the relaxing interiors at the Globe Inn Devon, ooze character - sit back, relax and enjoy specialty coffees, fine wine and award winning ales. Enticing menus have an emphasis on local Devon and West-country produce with daily-changing specials making the most of fresh ingredients.

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Deborah Booth “Topsham is fabulous: butcher, fishmonger, greengrocer and market.”

Where to buy Topsham is lovely, filled with town houses and cottages. Lympstone is great, too, but with less water frontage. Kenton is inland, but gives good thatch. Exminster is more commutery. Detacheds and townhouses, £250,000-£1.2m. Semis, £185,000-£625,000. Terraces and cottages, £150,000-£435,000. Rentals: one-bed flats, £600-£700pcm; three-bed houses, £750-£1,200pcm.

The quaint historic estuary port of Topsham has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with an eclectic cluster of specialist shops and fine restaurants, plus wonderful sunsets above the estuary. Once a thriving port and shipbuilding centre, Topsham still retains a strong maritime flavour.

Topsham Rugby Club is a vibrant and developing club with two senior sides and over 200 juniors making it one of the largest "junior" clubs in the South West.

Topsham is located on the Avocet train line, mid way between Exeter and Exmouth.

A monthly magazine is published called Estuary: A Monthly Community Magazine for Topsham, which is published by St Margaret's Anglican Church, but is more of a community publication than an ecclesiastical one. It is currently priced £0.70 per month, and copy to be received by the 15th of the preceding month. It is co-edited by Diana Trout and José Northey.

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Good food is a Topsham speciality with many historic pubs, and award-winning restaurants including La Petite Maison (Taste of the West Silver Award) and The Georgian Tea Room (Taste of the West Gold Award).

Hang out at… Plenty of fancy pubs and restaurants, such as La Petite Maison or The Galley. But I like a BBQ at the Turf – accessible only by foot or boat – or watching the tide at the Anchor in Cockwood.

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Twice a year Estuary Players present a theatrical production in the Matthews Hall. They are a notably eclectic group, but Shakespeare and Brecht have featured among their favourite playwrights over their 35-year existence.[12]