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Topsham (GBTOP)

Topsham, England, United Kingdom

Port Code GBTOP / GBTHM Port Name Topsham
City Topsham Country/Region United Kingdom
Port Type Feeder Port Category Port City
Latitude 50.681375 Longitude -3.464806
Topsham port (port code: GBTOP), offering a sheltered harbour to seagoing trade enabled it to thrive as a port, a centre for both fishing and shipbuilding. 
Topsham has been a port since Roman times. The Earls of Devon, the Courtenays, who owned the manor of Topsham, ensured the success of the port by building a weir across the river in 1284. This left only a small gap for very small vessels to reach Exeter. forcing most ships to discharge their cargoes at Topsham. For centuries there has been shipbuilding at Topsham, and many associated trades such as ropemakers, sailmakers, anchor-smiths, block-makers, artificers and tradesmen's shops.

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