infobox UK place
country = England
population= 8.475 (2001)
region= South West England
constituency_westminster= South East Cornwall
Torpoint ( _kw. Penntorr) is a town in the far south east of
Cornwall, England, separated from the city of Plymouthby a stretch of water referred to as the Hamoaze, which itself is the mouth of the River Tamar. It is on the Rame Peninsula.
Torpoint's sea link to Plymouth (and Devonport) is by the
Torpoint Ferry. The three ferry boats that operate this service are propelled across the river by pulling themselves on chains. These chains sink to the bottom to allow shipping movements in the river. The ferryjourney takes 7 minutes.
Torpoint has a population of 8,457 (2001 census). In the
Cornish languageTorpoint is called Penntorr, which is also the name of a local folk band.
Origin of name
It is said that Torpoint's name is derived from Tar Point, a name given because of the initial industry on the west bank of the Hamoaze. However this is actually a nickname given by workers, Torpoint meaning "rocky headland". [cite book|last=MIlls|first=A. D.|title=The Popular Dictionary of English Place-names|publisher=Parragon Book Service Ltd and Magpie Books|date=1996|pages=p. 332|isbn=0752518518]
Torpoint is an eighteenth century planned town. The grid-based design for the town was commissioned by
Reginald Pole Carewin the Parish of Antony in 1774. His family continued to have a strong influence in the area, having become the Carew Poles, and still reside at their family seat, Antony House.
Due to the presence of Devonport Dockyard, the town grew as Dockyard workers settled there. The establishment of the
Royal Navy's main training facility, HMS "Raleigh" also increased the population of Torpoint.
Educational institutions in Torpoint include:
*Torpoint Infant School — a medium-large
*Carbeile Junior School — a large
*Torpoint Community College, The Humanities College for South East Cornwall — the only
humanitiescollege in south east Cornwall.
* [http://crocat.cornwall.gov.uk/dserve/dserve.exe?dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqCmd=Overview.tcl&dsqSearch=((text)='torpoint') Cornwall Record Office Online Catalogue for Torpoint]
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