Place:Weston super Mare, Somerset, England

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NameWeston super Mare
Alt namesOldmixonsource: suburb of borough
West Wicksource: suburb of borough
Worlesource: suburb of borough
TypeCivil parish, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates51.35°N 2.983°W
Located inSomerset, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inAvon, England     (1974 - 1996)
Somerset, England     (1996 - )
See alsoWoodspring District, Avon, Englanddistrict in which located 1974-1996
North Somerset District, Somerset, Englanddistrict which took over on the abolition of Avon in 1996
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog


the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Weston super Mare is a seaside resort, town and civil parish in Somerset, England. It is located on the Bristol Channel coast, southwest of Bristol, spanning the coast between the bounding high ground of Worlebury Hill and Bleadon Hill. It includes the suburbs of Oldmixon, West Wick and Worle. Its population according to the 2011 census was 76,143.

Although there is evidence in the local area of occupation since the Iron Age, it remained a small village until the 19th century when it became a seaside resort with two piers, connected with local towns and cities by a railway. The growth continued until the second half of the 20th century, when tourism declined and some local industries closed. During the 21st century a regeneration programme is being undertaken.

Weston super Mare became an urban district in 1894 and a municipal borough (for which there had to be a minimum population of 30,000) in 1937. From 1974 to 1996 Weston super Mare was located in the modern non-metropolitan county of Avon. On its demise, Weston was returned to Somerset and became the largest urban centre in the North Somerset District.

History

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Weston-super-Mare.

Research Tips

  • The Somerset Heritage Centre (incorporating what was formerly the Somerset Record Office and the Somerset Local Studies Library) can be found at its new location at Langford Mead in Taunton. It has an online search facility leading to pages of interest, including maps from the First and Second Ordnance Survey (select "Maps and Postcards" from the list at the left, then enter the parish in the search box).
    The Heritage Centre has an email address: archives@somerset.gov.uk.
  • Three maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrate the changes in political boundaries over the period 1830-1945. All have expanding scales and on the second and third this facility is sufficient that individual parishes can be inspected.
  • Somerset Hundreds as drawn in 1832. This map was prepared before The Great Reform Act of that year. Note the polling places and representation of the various parts of the county.
  • Somerset in 1900, an Ordnance Survey map showing rural districts, the boundaries of the larger towns, the smaller civil parishes of the time, and some hamlets and villages in each parish
  • Somerset in 1943, an Ordnance Survey map showing the rural districts after the changes to their structure in the 1930s
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