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Job Brothers & Co., Limited) and, fortuitously for the town, as the fisheries declined the prospect of tourism arose.

A tea house was built on the Den in 1787 amongst the local fishermen's drying nets.

Its two churches were rebuilt soon after 1815 and in the 1820s the first bridge across the estuary to Shaldon was built; George Templer's New Quay opened at the port; and the esplanade, Den Crescent and the central Assembly Rooms (later the cinema) were laid out.

In the 1920s as the economy started to recover, a golf course opened on Little Haldon; the Morgan Giles shipbuilding business was established, and charabancs took employees and their families for annual outings to Dartmoor and elsewhere.

By the 1930s the town was again thriving, and with the Haldon Aerodrome and School of Flying nearby, Teignmouth was advertised as the only south coast resort offering complete aviation facilities.

A petition to the Lord Lieutenant from the inhabitants described the incident: ...

on the 26th day of this instant July 1690 by Foure of the clocke in the morning, your poor petitioners were invaded (by the French) to the number of 1,000 or thereabouts, who in the space of three hours tyme, burnt down to the ground the dwelling houses of 240 persons of our parish and upwards, plundered and carried away all our goods, defaced our churches, burnt ten of our ships in the harbour, besides fishing boats, netts and other fishing craft ...

Documents indicate that Teignmouth was a significant port by the early 14th century, second in Devon only to Dartmouth.

During the 17th century, in common with other Channel ports, Teignmouth ships suffered from raids from Dunkirkers, who were privateers from Flemish ports.now ready to be launch'd in the Harbour of Teignmouth...Any persons capable of beating a Drum or blowing a French horn shall have great encouragement.The port of Teignmouth, in existence since the 13th century, remains active, mostly handling clay, timber and grain.The Old Quay was built in the mid-18th century on land leased from Lord Clifford.Teignmouth's hospital was bombed during a raid on , killing three nurses and seven patients.