Brixham is a small fishing town and civil parish in the district of Torbay in the county of Devon, in the south-west of England. Brixham is at the southern end of Torbay, across the bay (Tor Bay) from Torquay, and fishing and tourism are the major industries. At the time of the 2011 census it had a population of 16,693. The town is hilly and built around the harbour which remains in use as a dock for fishing trawlers. It has a focal tourist attraction in the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s ship the Golden Hind that is permanently moored there. In summer the Cowtown carnival is held, a reminder of when Brixham was two separate communities with only a marshy lane to connect them. Cowtown was the area on top of the hill where the farmers lived, while a mile away in the harbour was Fish town where the seamen lived. Cowtown, the St Mary’s Square area, is on the road leaving Brixham to the south west, in the direction of Kingswear, upon which stands a church built on the site of a Saxon original. The local Royal British Legion club is also here. The town holds a yearly pirate event which competes for the title of most pirates in one place and this draws visitors from far and wide.
Brixham is a very old and historic town. It is full of legends and ghosts. We warmly welcome our visitors and our new inhabitants, but beware, you cannot call yourself a Brixhamite until you have at least three generations of your ancestors buried in the churchyard here. Wherever you go in Brixham, there are reminders of the old days. In summer, you will be invited to Cowtown carnival, but you won’t find this address on the street map. Its name is a reminder of times long ago when Brixham was two separate communities, with only a marshy lane to connect them. Cowtown was where the farmers lived, at the top of the hill, while, about a mile away, the seamen made their homes near the harbour in Fish town. Today, the ancient rivalries have (mostly) been forgotten, but old Brixham is still there, and, if you keep your eyes open, you can find it. In the Middle Ages, Brixham was the largest fishing port in the South-West, and at one time it was the greatest in England