Over the past two centuries many well-known authors, politicians and others have made their homes in Torquay. Most have arrived from other parts of the country but a small number, including Torquay's most famous name of all, Agatha Christie, were born in the town. Whilst this is not the complete record of those who are known to have been resident, it does list the names of people likely to be recognised in the late 20th century. The Torquay Directory, which started publishing in 1839, issued regular lists of "arrivals and "departures" for many years.



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