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WESTON-SUPER-MARE – information extracted from Kelly’s 1914 Directory of Somerset

 

WESTON-SUPER-MARE is a modern town and fashionable watering place, on the Bristol Channel, 139 miles from London, 20 south-west from Bristol, 32 from Bath, 20 from Bridgwater, 30 from Taunton and 20 from Wells, and is connected to the Bristol and Exeter section of the Great Western Railway, by a loop line, constructed from the main line at Worle, on the Bristol side, which after passing the town rejoins the main line near Uphill, so that passengers may  come direct to Weston without changing carriages: there is also a light railway between Weston and Clevedon:

 

WESTON-SUPER-MARE is in the 

  • Wells division of the county [Somerset]
  • Hundred of Winterstoke
  • Poor Law Union of Axbridge
  • Axbridge Petty Sessions
  • Weston-super-Mare County Court District
  • Rural Deanery of Axbridge (Locking Division)
  • Arch-deaconry of Wells
  • Diocese of Bath & Wells

WESTON is altogether a town of modern erection, as about the beginning of the last century [1800] it only contained 24 houses, inhabited by fishermen, scattered along the shore.  In 1812, the number of inhabitants was 160, with a single public house; but in 1891 it had 2,801 houses, the greater portion being of a superior description; it is in 1913 the second largest town in the county and has an estimated population of 24,000.

This town is sheltered from the north winds by Worlebury Hill, and is the resort, in the season, of large numbers of visitors from Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Taunton, Oxford and South Wales, as well as from other parts of the kingdom. The climate is equable, with a mean temperature 10 degrees above that of London, and it has consequently found considerable favour as a winter residence, there being very little frost or snow, and the air is said to possess particularly invigorating qualities, from the large amount of iodine which it contains.

The town is well paved and lighted with gas, from works in the Uphill Drove, nearly a mile distant from the town and the property of a Company, and with electric light also by a company, and abundantly supplied with water from an extensive reservoir in the Bristol Road, and another of Worlebury Hill, constructed in 1866 to supply houses in the upper portion of the town.

In 1887, a new Sea Front was completed, forming a continuous broad promenade or esplanade, 2½ miles in length; wind shelters and seats are provided at regular intervals, with short flights of steps to the sands.

The Birnbeck Pier, a handsome structure of iron opened in 1867 starts from the mainland below Prince Consort Gardens and continues in a straight line to the island of Birnbeck, from where a newly constructed steel jetty well adapted to receive boats from the Welsh Coast.  The Grand Pier which commences from the centre of the bay offers seasonal entertainment in its pavilion.

Churches

Weston-super-Mare Pictures

‘B’ Company 8th Weston Bn. Home Guard 1941
‘B’ Company 8th Weston Bn. Home Guard 1941
Weston c1835, from Worlebury hill
Weston c1835, from Worlebury hill
Knightstone, c1838
Knightstone, c1838
Weston beach c1900 before the Grand Pier
Weston beach c1900 before the Grand Pier
Council Offices and Library
Council Offices and Library
Weston beach, summer 1903
Weston beach, summer 1903
Grand Pier, c1906
Grand Pier, c1906
Rough sea at Glentworth Bay
Rough sea at Glentworth Bay
Wintergardens c1926
Wintergardens c1926
Glentworth Bay c1880
Glentworth Bay c1880
South Parade c1916 - 2018
South Parade c1916 - 2018
South Parade
South Parade
Wadham Street Baptist Church WW2
Wadham Street Baptist Church WW2
Moorland Road 1927-2020
Moorland Road 1927-2020
Weston beach c1890
Weston beach c1890
Weston Sanatorium c1910
Weston Sanatorium c1910
Cliton Rd. c1910-2020
Cliton Rd. c1910-2020
40 Meadow St. c1920-2020
40 Meadow St. c1920-2020
Oxford St. c1850-2017
Oxford St. c1850-2017
Severn Rd. c1920-2020
Severn Rd. c1920-2020
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Documents:
Central Board School Teachers 1889-1934
Weston Memories of WW2
Weston and Clevedon Blitz WW2
Old Pubs in Weston
Weston Worthies - An Introduction
Weston Worthies - 01 Samuel BAKER
Weston Worthies - 02 & 03 Thomas & Harriet BARRY
Weston Worthies - 04, 05 & 06 The BURGE Family
Weston Worthies - 07 George COOMBES
Weston Worthies - 08 Isaac COUNSELL
Weston Worthies - 09 James DARE
Mayors of Weston from 1937
Weston Worthies - 10 Richard FRY
Weston Worthies - 11 Mary GIBBONS
Weston Worthies - 12 George GILL
Weston Worthies - 13 Mrs Hannah GOULD
Weston Worthies - 14 John GREGORY
Weston Worthies - 17 Mrs Elizabeth HARRIS
Weston Worthies - 15 Cornelius HANCOCK
Weston Worthies - 18 George HARSE
Weston - 1829
Weston Worthies - 20 Christopher KINGDON
Weston Worthies - 21 Mrs Jane KITCHEN
Weston Worthies - 22 John LIGHT
Weston Worthies - 23 & 24 Richard and Betty MUGGLEWORTH
Weston Worthies - 25 Frederick MARTILL
Weston Worthies - 26 John MAUNDER
Weston Worthies - 27 Sir William MILES bart M.P.
Weston Worthies - 28 Samuel NORVILL
Weston Worthies - 29 & 30 John PARSONS and Son
Weston Worthies - 31 Isaac PEARCE
Weston Worthies - 32 Charles PHILLIPS
Weston Worthies - 33 Rev Richard QUARRELL
Weston Worthies - 34 George READ
Weston Worthies - 35 Thomas ROGERS
Weston Worthies - 36 Samuel SERLE
Weston Worthies - 37 Capt George STONE
Weston Worthies - 38 Francis H SYNGE
Weston Worthies - 39 Henry WILLIAMS
Weston Worthies - 16 John HARRIS
Weston Super Mare Newspaper Death Annoucements 1843-1860
Weston Super Mare Newspapers Birth Annoucements 1843-1860
Emmanuel Scout Troop
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Submitted by Jenny Towey on Tue, 22/09/2020 - 10:14

Splendid pictures of the Weston Worthies - looking forward to reading all about them...

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Submitted by Jenny Towey on Tue, 29/09/2020 - 10:20

A brilliant start to the Weston Worthies collection, Pat - fantastic documentation.

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Submitted by Jenny Towey on Tue, 06/10/2020 - 10:12

I'm loving these tales of the Weston Worthies - so much detail...Fascinating stuff!!

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Submitted by Jenny Towey on Thu, 14/01/2021 - 11:20

I think the letters in the left hand column of the bapt reg is the capital letter of the surname...

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Submitted by Pat Hase on Sat, 16/01/2021 - 16:44

Now, why didn't I notice that?  Thank you!

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Submitted by gricharduk on Thu, 21/01/2021 - 4:47

Happy New Year to all. Fantastic articles Pat - really excellent work - it has been fascinating reading about their lives. I stumbled across this article on page 5 of the Weston-super-Mare Gazette, and General Advertiser for Saturday 11 May 1907. It reports on the auction of William Henry Beedle's effects (mentioned on the Weston Connections - 2 page) and makes some interesting remarks on the possible origin of the portraits:

"The water colour portraits of Weston worthies (to which reference has previously been made) were not sold. The origin of the series is decidedly interesting. About fifty years ago Mr. Barker, of Bath, one of the well-known artist family — probably Thomas — was sojourning at Weston-super-Mare, and during his visit received a commission from "Old Squire Pigott" the great grandfather of the present Lord of the Manor of Weston, to produce for him portraits of the principal "squatters" on his estate, and when completed each picture was endorsed by the original. When Mr. Smyth Pigott died the portraits passed into the possession the late Mr. Thomas Tutton Knyfton, who was then Lord the Manor of the adjoining parish of Uphill. When he, too, passed away, the pictures were again sold, and became the property of Mr. Beedle."

There is a Wikipedia article on Thomas Barker and his son Thomas Jones Barker (and his uncle for that matter). None of the paintings look like they were painted by either of them - but what do I know! Although it is reported elsewhere that Smyth Pigott was a collector of Thomas Barker's works (the father). Thomas Barker died in 1847, so given the reported timelines, it is more likely to be the son. I think the subsequent provenance is probably accurate but the artist is still in doubt. Smyth Pigott was also a fairly-skilled watercolourist.

I am looking to see if I can find any clues to the identity of Jarrett - I will let you know if I do.

Richard

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Submitted by Pat Hase on Wed, 27/01/2021 - 14:44

I knew of the BARKER theory and like you, comparing the skill of the artists had ruled them out as possible Worthy Artists but the BEEDLE connection is new to me. Thank you. I understood that before they were taken in by the museum that they had hung in the Railway Inn for several years.  I love the idea of them being "Squatters" on the Pigott estate!

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Submitted by Jenny Towey on Wed, 27/01/2021 - 12:12

...Joseph Garland must have had the fright of his life in that bell tower!  I wonder how many of the congregation ever returned to worship in that church...?!!

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Submitted by Jenny Towey on Sun, 14/02/2021 - 11:28

...a complex character indeed!

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Submitted by Jenny Towey on Thu, 04/03/2021 - 13:49

Another splendid and well researched account of the latest Weston Worthy...

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Submitted by Derrick Norton on Fri, 12/03/2021 - 19:57

Dear Pat,

Thank you for an enlightening series of Weston Worthies.

You once helped me with the obituary and other information for William Dyer 1838-1919, Town Commissioner and ag lab turned land agent for the Smyth-Pigotts over his career. I hope he's on your list for the future!

Best wishes,

Derrick

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