Brixham /ˈbrɪksəm/ is a 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 terminate of Torbay, across the bay (Tor Bay) from Torquay, and fishing and tourism are the major industries of the town. At the period of the 2011 census it had a population of 16,693.
It is thought that the name ‘Brixham’ came from Brioc’s village. ‘Brioc’ was an archaic English or Brythonic personal pronounce and ‘-ham’ is an ancient term for home derived from Old English.
The town is hilly and built going on for the harbour which remains in use as a haven for fishing trawlers. It has a focal tourist sympathy in the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s ship Golden Hind that is for ever and a day moored there.
Historically, Brixham was two remove communities considering only a marshy pathway to affix them. Cowtown was the area on top of the hill where the farmers lived, while a mile away nearly the harbour was Fishtown where the fishermen and seamen lived. Cowtown, the St Mary’s Square area, is on the road leaving behind Brixham to the south west, in the admin of Kingswear, upon which stands a church built upon the site of a Saxon original. The town holds a twelve-monthly pirate business which competes for the title of most pirates in one place and this draws visitors from far and wide and wide.
King William III landed in England at Brixham on 5 November 1688 on his pretension to become king as share of the Glorious Revolution.