Teignmouth sits on the north bank of the River Teign with a population of around 14000 residents. The town has been a fishing port since the 13th century and is also a popular tourist destination. The Shaldon Bridge was originally built in 1827, being completely rebuilt 100 years later. The town enjoys a temperate climate, with 50% less rainfall than Dartmoor and with a temperature some 3 to 4 degrees higher. The town has an attractive beach, harbour and pier as well as a cinema and theatre and a busy shopping area. The town has many primary schools as well as Teignmouth Community College, the school attended by the Rock Band ‘Muse.’ There is also Independent education at Trinity School (Teignmouth). Torquay is just 7 miles from Teignmouth, set along 22 miles of coastline with a very good shopping centre that includes Debenhams and Marks and Spencer and super-markets such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco.