10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Weston-super-Mare

Weston-super-Mare is well known for its sandy beaches and lively resort atmosphere, but it hasn’t always been such a hotspot of seaside activity. We take a look at some of the lesser known facts about Weston-super-mare and how it came to be the thriving town it is today: 

  1. The bustling town has its ancient origins as an Iron Age hill fort. It was occupied by the Romans up until 5th century AD, after which time it became a thriving fishing and farming village. 
  2. Mining was started in the 16th century, after zinc ore was discovered near to the town, leading to an influx of wealth and jobs to the area. 
  3. Weston-super-Mare became a spa town in 1820, making it a popular tourist destination. Tourism to the area was increased even further when a railway station was constructed in 1841, bringing an average of 15,000 passengers on a Bank Holiday weekend. 
  4. By 1860, there were 100 bathing machines on Weston-super-Mare beach, which were popular with tourists who did not want to be observed as they changed to go into the sea. 
  5. Weston-super-Mare suffered considerably during World War II, with the Boulevard and the High Street being destroyed completely. 
  6. John Cleese was born in Weston-super-Mare on 27 October 1939, as was actor Rupert Graves on 30 June 1963. 
  7. Weston-super-Mare has the second highest tidal range in the world, an enormous 15 meters. The highest range in the world is the Bay of Fundi in Canada. 
  8. After burning down in 2008, the Grand Pier took a total of 2 years and £39million to rebuild. 
  9. The population has risen from around 200 in the 19th century to approximately 75,000 today. 
  10. Roald Dahl finished his education at St Peters Board School in Weston-Super-Mare before going on to become one of the world’s best-loved authors.

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Posted by Brian Skidmore
25th August 2017

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