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Oddicombe Beach from Babbacombe Downs
Babbacombe is located in Devon
Location within Devon
OS grid referenceSX9265
  • Torbay
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTorquay
Postcode districtTQ1
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
List of places
50°28′N 3°31′W / 50.47°N 03.52°W / 50.47; -03.52

Babbacombe[1] is a district of Torquay, Devon, England. It is notable for Babbacombe Model Village,[2] the Babbacombe Theatre[3] and its clifftop green, Babbacombe Downs, from which Oddicombe Beach is accessed via Babbacombe Cliff Railway.[4] Frequent buses connect Babbacombe with Torquay town centre while service 22 operates between Dawlish Warren and South Devon College.

Churches and schools

All Saints Church, Babbacombe

The Church of All Saints was designed by the architect William Butterfield and built in 1868-74 under the aegis of Rev. John Hewett whose initiative it had been to build it.[5] It is in the Neogothic style and has fine polychrome stonework in the font, pulpit and the chancel floor made from Devon marble. All Saints Church belongs to the Anglo-Catholic tradition within the Church of England, and its parish is one of those in the Diocese of Exeter. The first vicar was Fr. John Hewitt, whose ministry began when the church was founded and continued to his retirement in 1910.[6]

Babbacombe has a primary school, All Saints Babbacombe Church of England Primary School.[7]

Babbacombe Downs

Babbacombe Downs is the most picturesque part of Babbacombe having fabulous views over Lyme bay. From Babbacombe Downs there is easy access using cliff paths to Oddicombe beach and Babbacombe beach.

Notable people

Rev. John Hewett was Vicar of Babbacombe and founded the church there.

The actress and dancer Rosina Vokes (1854-1894) died in Babbacombe.


  1. ^ "Babbacombe website".
  2. ^ "Babbacombe Model Village".
  3. ^ "Babbacombe Theatre".
  4. ^ "Babbacombe Cliff Railway".
  5. ^ "Church History". All Saints Church, Babbacombe. All Saints Church. Retrieved 6 August 2022.
  6. ^ "All Saints Babbacombe". Archived from the original on 14 November 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  7. ^ "All Saints Babbacombe C of E Primary School". Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
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