Weston super Mare.


1822 Sep 2 Birth: Aug 26 at Weston super Mare, the lady of the Rev. Charles Whatley, of a daughter.


1853 Jan 29. J. Harse of Weston super Mare, summoned by S Jones of the same place for an assault, was bound in his own recognizance to keep the peace and to pay the costs or three months imprisonment.

William Phillips of the Pottery at Weston super Mare, applied to the justices to have the indenture of Lemuel Lamb, his apprentice, cancelled for misconduct and neglect of work. After hearing the evidence, the justices ordered the indenture to be cancelled.

William Parsons of Weston super Mare, was committed to Shepton Mallet goal to await his trial, for robbing the shop of James Rattenbury, of Weston super Mare, of a quantity of jewellery on the 9th of December last.

On Tuesday evening last two men, named Charles Emmett and John Richards who were employed as postilions to take the mail-trains up and down our branch railway, were approached and committed for trial, on a charge of stealing cheese from the Bristol and Exeter railway.

The parish church, which has been closed for three or four weeks past, for the purpose of being coloured and painted, will be open for divine service on Sunday next.


1854 Oct 21. Imprisonment of nine months; Edward Balsover, stealing from the person of Sarah Adams of Weston super Mare, a purse containing a £5 Bank of England note and other moneys

(and to be twice whipped).


1854 Oct 21. Imprisonment of four months; John Newcombe, embezzling 6s, the moneys of his master, Joseph Glossop, of Weston super Mare. Three months; John Pearce, stealing two pairs of trousers, the property of Hannah Goodgrove of Weston super Mare.  


1870 May 14. Marriage on May 3rd at Christ Church, Weston super Mare, by the Rev J E Bartlett, Mr John Henry Coles of Clifton, to Alice Mary, only daughter of Mr Arthur Beakes, of Weston super Mare.


1870 May 14. Death on May 6, at Hawthorn Villa,Weston super Mare, Ethel, daughter of Mr Henry Draper Bishop, aged seven years.


1870 May 14. Death on May 8 at Weston super Mare, Mr William Cross, of Langton Street, aged 36 years.


1870 May 14. Death on May 5 suddenly in his 41st year, at Sion-hill, Clifton, Alfred, youngest son of the late John Hugh Smyth-Pigott, Esq of Brockley-hall and Weston super Mare.


1872 Jun 29. Melancholy Occurrence. Yesterday morning the dead body of Mr Joseph Harse, farmer, Uphill, eldest son of Mr John Harse, of Slimridge farm was found on the sands near Uphill. The unfortunate young man had attended Bristol market on Thursday and had stayed an hour or two at Weston super Mare on his return home. It is supposed that in passing along the sands he had been seized with a fit, to which he was subject, and having been stunned by the fall, he was shortly after suffocated by the rising tide. The deceased was greatly respected and much sympathy is expressed for his relatives.


1882 Sep 21. William Bennett was charged, on remand, with robbing Mr Blyth in the South Road on Saturday. When last before the bench the prisoner pleaded an alibi; to-day a quarryman named William Day, and a lad called Arthur Andrews, both stated that they saw and spoke with prisoner in South Road on the day in question, within a few minutes of the robbery was committed. Prisoner protested his innocence and was committed for trail. Bennet was further charged in conjunction with Charles Hall, with stealing a silver watch and chain, the property of James Burrow, a labourer, of Mark. Burrow was committed on this charge and Hall was discharged.


1882 Sep 30. An inquest was held at the Three Queens on Thursday afternoon (before Dr Weatherly, deputy coroner) on the body of Mary Tinkling, aged 81 years, who was found dead at her residence in Carlton Street on Monday morning. The deceased was last seen alive on Sunday evening, when she was in her usual health. On the following morning, she was not about at her usual time, the door of the cottage was broken open, when she was found seated on the bed, her feet being on the floor, and her head jammed between the bed and some boxes. On the suggestion of the coroner, the jury returned a verdict of “Died from natural causes, consequence on old age”


1893 Aug 19. Wm George Osmond, labourer of Milton, Kewstoke was charged that on the 5th of Mar 1893 at Weston super Mare, he did feloniously marry and take to his wife, Alice Mary Stabbins. Eliza his former wife, to whom he was married in June1886, being then alive. Mr Webster defended. No evidence was called, but it transpired that the witnesses to the first marriage were dead. The officiating clergyman at such ceremony, however is alive and at Liverpool, and the case was adjourned for a fortnight for his presence.


1899 Feb 4. On Tuesday at the Bristol Hotel, before Dr Wallace, deputy coroner, an inquest was held on the body of Maria Piage, aged 64, who expired suddenly on Friday week. In the opinion of Dr Temple, death had resulted from syncope, due to a fatty degeneration of the heart. A verdict in accordance with the medical testimony was returned.

At the police court (before Messrs T Mullens, J J J Barstow, B Heap, and C Brown) Reginald Webb, 28, of this town, was charged with stealing a coat, valued at £1 2s 6d, the property of Mr J C Backhouse, on the 25th inst. Prosecutor, who identified the coat as his property, stated he was on friendly terms with the prisoner, who was in the habit on entering his room without knocking. The evidence of the police and other witnesses showed that the coat had been taken by prisoner to a second hand clothes shop in the town, and disposed of for 10s 6d and a cyclometer. Prisoner was fined 40s, in default one month’s hard labour.

At the police court on Wednesday, before Messrs Mullins, Barstow and Hunt, Oliver Perry, a youth of respectable parentage, was charged for the eleventh time with vagrancy. He was only released from prison for a similar offence on Monday, and at once returned to his favourite pastime. Committed for one month with hard labour.

James Pearson was charged with hawking without a license. He pleaded, however, that he had simply solicited orders for mouse-traps of his own manufacture, and was discharged. 


2004 June 4th. 1904-2004.

Western Mercury: The Grand Pier celebrates 100 years in June.

On June 13th 1904, when the first section of the pier was opened, Regent Street was ablaze with flags. There were also tiny flags from end to end on the New Pier, and floral baskets and palms around the bandstand. Even the rival Birnbeck Pier, as a gesture to the newcomers, put out its flags.

The first of the 20,000 people to pass onto the floor on its opening day was the daughter of Mr A E Jefferies, to whom her penny was returned as a memento.

At the opening ceremony within the handsome new pavilion the heavy crimson curtains were drawn aside to disclose a distinguished company over which the chairman of directors, Mr Alfred Deedes, presided.

Mogg’s band occupying the band-stand outside the pavilion, played selections from popular musicals plays and marches by Sousa and Edward German. Mr Deedes concluded the ceremony by starting the Pavilion clock. That evening the first concert was given in the new pavilion, and it was appropriate that it should have been by Mogg’s Band. The solo singer was Miss Maud Battagel, whose choice of numbers included, touchingly Genevieve.

           (Edited from an article by former Weston and Somerset editor John Bailey in 1969).


2008 31st July. Pier owners tell of fire heartbreak.

Just a few days after the blazing inferno reduced the main pavilion to a mangled mess, Kerry and Michelle Michael have vowed to keep the Pier’s magic alive on behalf of visitors and residents.

Engineers have examined the structure and, despite the rubble which now lies where the Pavilion once stood, at first sight they cannot see anything wrong with the supporting frame.