Torre Abbey, with the Legendary Ten Seconds

This is another Legendary Ten Seconds production, principally about the ancient building in Torquay, but it is one track on an album about the wider history of Torbay. Torre Abbey, which dated from about 1096, was dissolved without significant resistance in 1539 and is principally an art gallery as well as part of the Agatha Christie Mile. The cloisters are in good condition although the church is ruined.

 

 

Some of the other tracks narrate the foundation of the Abbey and William of Orange’s landing in 1688, among other things:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pageant of Torbay Part One

  • The Torquay Pageant Part One
  • Torre Abbey
  • William of Orange
  • The Billy Ruffian
  • Riots in Torquay
  • Torre Station
  • The Wonderful Paignton Pudding
  • Patent 8294
  • The Torquay Regatta
  • Buffalo Bill in Torquay
  • Arnold’s White Feather
  • Agatha Heads off East
  • The Lady Cable
  • The Funk Hole Myth
  • The Theatre of Pain

Inspired by a David Hinchcliffe lecture at Torquay museum about the Torquay Pageant of 1924.

Produced and mixed by Lord Z at Otherworld Studios, Marldon Devon

Recorded in Torquay, Marldon, Kingsteignton and Madron.

All songs composed by Ian Churchward except tracks 1 & 9 composed by Elaine & Ian Churchward, and track 7 composed by Ian Churchward & Bridgit England.

Thank you to the following

Ian Churchward vocals, guitars, mellotron and mandola

Lord Zarquon mellotron and other keyboards, bass guitar, and drums

Bridgit England vocals, keyboards and violin

Phil Swann 6 and 12 string guitars, and slide guitar

Sam Swann bass guitar on tracks 4, 5 and 15

Guy Bolt drums on track 15

Elaine Churchward vocals

Illustration Graham Moores

Richard the Third Records catalogue number R12

 

The Torquay Pageant Part One

 

A passion for the past took the counties over

With historical pageants from Sherborne to Dover

In a seaside town in nineteen twenty four

There was a pageant it had not had one before

 

Off to Rock End gardens

In the June sunshine

To enjoy the pageant

To have a jolly time

 

 

Now Mister Arthur Aplin a hero from the war

He was the pageant master his novels I adore

A playwright and an actor he knew a thing or two

He said to the town now it’s up to you

 

Off to Rock End gardens

In the June sunshine

To enjoy the pageant

To have a jolly time

 

Vice Admiral McCully happened to be in Torbay

He opened the pageant during his short stay

 

Off to Rock End gardens

In the June sunshine

To enjoy the pageant

To have a jolly time

 

Now the pageant is forgotten and few will ever know

Of the many thousands who enjoyed the show

Yes the pageant is forgotten and few will ever know

Of the many thousands who enjoyed the show

 

Torre Abbey

 

An abbot from Welbeck Abbey

Arrived on the shores of Torbay

William Briwere had gifted some land

Thanks for the safe return of his son

 

For the monks Torre Abbey was made

And throughout the day they prayed

Many gifts and bequests were received

And their faith in God they truly believed

 

On the west side a cruciform church

The buildings around a courtyard

Built on a Benedictine plan

Beer limestone for the arcades

 

For the monks Torre Abbey was made

And throughout the day they prayed

Many gifts and bequests were received

And their faith in God they truly believed

 

The monks made sure that the poor were fed

Looked after the folk in Torbay

A genuine holy cast of mind

Destroyed by a tyrant King

 

 

 

Because of King Henry the abbeys dissolved

To take all their wealth he was resolved

King Henry the Eighth the great evil King

Great misery he would surely bring

 

William of Orange

 

With many ships and many men

William sailed for Torbay

This made James think again

When his fleet was evaded

And his realm was invaded

 

For to take the crown

Yes the English crown

William had been persuaded

 

James took a second wife

Mary of Modena

To help his Catholic life

Sound judgement was evaded

And his realm was invaded

 

For to take the crown

Yes the English crown

William had been persuaded

 

In fog and mist along the English coast

William came to Brixham

James feared him the most

And bloodshed was evaded

When England was invaded

 

For to take the crown

Yes the English crown

William had been persuaded

 

A Foolish King James the Second

To be Catholic he had reckoned

Would convert England back to Rome

But due to this he lost his throne

 

Go to Brixham and you will see

A statue of white marble

William of Orange on the quay

The smells can’t be evaded

And the tourists have invaded

 

 

 

 

 

But don’t frown

At the seagull for his crown

Where history was created

Oh no don’t frown

At the seagull for his crown

Where history was created

 

The Billy Ruffian

 

Aboard the Billy Ruffian

From France to Torbay

With the prisoner Napoleon

Such fame had come their way

Aboard the Billy Ruffian

From France to Torbay

 

Her hull was made of English oak

More than three thousand felled

Named the Bellerophon

And her keel was made of of elm

 

Aboard the Billy Ruffian

Arriving in Torbay

With Napoleon Bonaparte

And in England he hoped to stay

Aboard the Billy Ruffian

Arriving in Torbay

 

Of battles she had several

The bravest of the brave

Part of the Royal Navy

And England they would save

 

Sightseers came from Exeter

To gather in the bay

They’d come to see Napoleon

Get a glimpse of him that day

 

Aboard the Northumberland

Departing from Torbay

With the prisoner Napoleon

To exile he was on his way

Aboard the Northumberland

Departing from Torbay

 

Goodbye to the Bellerophon

And her claim to fame

The crew stripped her of everything

And a prison she became

Goodbye to the Bellerophon

And her claim to fame

 

By legendaryten

I sing and play guitar in a band called The Legendary Ten Seconds

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