In 1796 Torpoint was the setting for a shooting battle between the crew of a government vessel, the Viper, and a large party of armed liquor smugglers, in which one person was killed and five people seriously wounded.[7]

John Langdon Down was born in Torpoint in 1828, he later described the condition which is now referred to as Down syndrome. He was called back on a number of occasions to help his father in his local business until his father's death in 1853.

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This policing neighbourhood is in the Devon & Cornwall Police force area.

It is said that Torpoint's name is derived from Tar Point, a name given because of the initial industry on the west bank of the Hamoaze. However this is actually a nickname given by workers, Torpoint meaning "rocky headland".[6]

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Close to the town is a pretty stretch of water known as St John’s Lake. However, this can only be seen at certain times as it is completely tidal and dries out as the tide recedes. The old marina, Ballast Pound, is next to the local sailing club which holds frequent races during the yachting season. These races are heralded by a horn which is also blown at the finish of each race.

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Torpoint is linked to Plymouth (and Devonport) by the Torpoint Ferry. The three vessels that operate the service are chain ferries – that is, they are propelled across the river by pulling themselves on fixed chains which lie across the bed of the river. The journey takes about seven minutes.

Torpoint is an eighteenth-century planned town. The grid-based design for the town was commissioned by Reginald Pole Carew in the Parish of Antony in 1774. His family continued to have a strong influence in the area, having become the Carew Poles, and still reside at their family seat, Antony House.

Torpoint has a Non-League football club Torpoint Athletic F.C. who play at The Mill.

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Torpoint only became a town in the early nineteenth century. Before this, the nearby village of Antony was the main centre of habitation in the area. However, there had always been families living beside the river and there is some mention of this area in the Domesday Book.

Due to the presence of Devonport Dockyard, the town grew as Dockyard workers settled there. The establishment of the Royal Navy's main training facility, HMS Raleigh also increased the population of Torpoint.[8]

Torpoint is twinned with Benodet (Benoded) in Brittany, France.[10]

Torpoint is not a holiday resort but neither is it just a suburb of Plymouth. In fact, the local people cling to their Cornish identity even thou many refer to Plymouth as “the town”. For anyone exploring this part of the county by car, it is well worth a visit but is not the only place to stay in this area. There is also accommodation at Kingsand in nearby Cawsand Bay and the area as a whole offers many self-catering options.

Torpoint has a population of 8,457 (2001 census),decreasing to 8,364 at the 2011 census.[3] Two electoral wards also exist(Torpoint East and West).Their combined populations at the same census were 7,717[4][5] In the Cornish language Torpoint is called Penntorr (local folk band Pentorr have taken their name from this).

Torpoint (Cornish: Penntorr[1]) is a civil parish and town on the Rame Peninsula in southeast Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated opposite the city of Plymouth across the Hamoaze which is the tidal estuary of the River Tamar.[2]