Picture special: Brunel's connection with Torbay

Vomero, where Brunel lived back in 1848

Vomero, where Brunel lived back in 1848 - Credit: Stephen Coombes

Torbay properties with a connection to famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel are celebrated with this week’s photographs by Stephen Coombes.

Retired bus driver Stephen, who lives in Torbay, spends a great deal of his spare time taking photographs of our #NaturallyInspiring Torbay and South Devon. In this feature, Stephen shares the beauty of the Bay and surrounding area with Torbay Weekly readers.

This week, Stephen shares his images of Vomero, the first home in Torquay of Brunel and his wife while he organised the arrangements for his estate at Watcombe, Torquay. 

Stephen would like to dedicate his pictures to the NHS frontline and support staff for all the tremendous life-saving work they are doing. Our Heroes.

Vomero, where Brunel stayed with his wife Mary

Vomero, where Brunel stayed with his wife Mary - Credit: Stephen Coombes

The finished product of Brunel's railway - steam train coming along the line

The finished product of Brunel's railway - Credit: Stephen Coombes

Torquay Railway Station, on Brunel’s railway 

Torquay Railway Station, on Brunel’s railway - Credit: Stephen Coombes