In 1800, Torquay was little more than a fishing hamlet but by the vision of William Kitson, so-called 'The maker of Torquay', it would by 1864 transformed into what the Western Morning News called “the most opulent, the handsomest, and the most fashionable watering place in the British Isles”.
Famously, No. 2 Meadfoot House in Hesketh Crescent was once leased to Charles Darwin for 6 weeks in the summer of 1861 several years after ‘Origin of Species’ was published in 1859.
In September 1890, Agatha Christie was born in Torquay and grew up to become the best-selling novelist of all time. She was apparently great friends with the Lucy family, who lived in Hesketh Crescent during her youth. In fact, Agatha received a proposal of marriage from Reginald Lucy but turned him down, before marrying Archie Christie.