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Capture Burnham is a North Sedgemoor Local History Group initiative in association with Somerset Film, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Burnham and Highbridge Town Council.

Our aim is to encourage residents and visitors to explore the history of our wonderful town through this site and the heritage trail we have created. The initial content has been shaped around public nominations and we hope that you will contribute your memories and photos to help the archive grow. If you would like to know more about local history, click here to find out about the latest talks we have organised.

Explore the site through the map opposite or the menus above – you’ll find a host of images and films to help you uncover more about Burnham-on-Sea, such as this one with Skipper Steve Yeandle who reveals how boats and ships enter the bay .

Here is another YouTube Video from Windrose Rural Media Trust showing a range of local items, using some of Norman Gobey’s footage from 1935.

 

HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES THAT YOU MIGHT FIND INTERESTING:

CAPTURE HIGHBRIDGE:

https://capturehighbridge.wordpress.com

SOMERSET HERITAGE CENTRE:

Somerset Archives and Local Studies

SOMERSET ARCHAEOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY:

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KNOW YOUR PLACE MAPPING PROJECT:

http://www.kypwest.org.uk/tag/somerset/

INTERESTING ENGLAND:

https://hubpages.com/education/INTERESTING-ENGLAND-Somerset-a-History-of-the-Lighthouses-of-Burnham-on-Sea-Somerset

BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE (requires membership for which there is a fee):

https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

SOMERSET & DORSET RAILWAY:

http://www.sdrt.org/

GRAVESTONE DATABASE PROJECT:

https://www.findagrave.com/   Search or add memorials & photos

HISTORIC ENGLAND (Including aerial images and some images of Burnham on Sea).

https://historicengland.org.uk

 

 

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  1. Hi All.

    I’m looking into the Holt Family Tree. From what I’ve gathered so far is that the family original came from London. The Head of the family William Steward Holt (Already a brewer) was married to Mariane Holt and had 5 children; Mariane, Thomas, Charles, William and Louisa. The boys became brewers. Thomas Holt had 3 sons, which two, Edward and Cecil died in military service and Ernest Gerald. William Skinner Holt (Son 3 of William Steward Holt) married a Mina Ouseley (something). They lived in Sandways, which seems to be attached someway to the brewery. Now, they had 3 children Iris F, Marian Ouseley, and Charles Travers. Iris I think married in Wincanton and moved to Poole. Charles, lived on the Esplanade (44) and was also a brewer. Marian married a James Mackintosh Sutherland, who was a Brewery Director, and lived at The Towans. Later I think they moved to The Grove. Given that the family at times owned considerable property with The Hall (community centre) and The Towans (potential) they seem to vanish. Has anyone got any links to the family? Would Whitbreads have their original recipe(s)? Any help in filling spaces, correcting mistakes and any other information greatly appreciated. I know Thomas was a keen sportsman and established, or helped in forming Burnham golf course, before it became Burnham and Berrow.

    1. Hello James and thanks for your posting. I cannot add more to your holts Family Tree but I in several books I have I know the family had several properties in this area . I also understand Alan has contacted you by private email about his work on Family Trees . Should anything more come to light we will share it with you.
      Thanks again for your time,
      John

    2. Hello again James,
      We have now been able to add some information about the History of ‘The Hall’ to the website which may interest you.Look at the News page for the link. As you know, Alan Wheway is currently researching the family and we hope to be able to add a new page for them on our People Menu in the near future.

  2. I am trying to contact John Strickland I under stand he may have access to the old railway maps Highbridge to Burnham. I would love to be able to do a large print.

    1. Hello Philip.
      I do have some maps but they are mainly on A5 paper.
      I will contact you via my email.
      John

      1. I am trying to get hold of john strickland to see if he has any information on the buliding which is now the ymca charity at 2a high street as we think we have some paranormal activty going on and would like to find out what type of buliding it was before and if anything happened there

        1. Hello Mervyn,
          Thanks for your postings. Not sure I have much but will check my files and ask some colleagues who may know more.
          It may take a while before we get back to you but thanks for your interest.
          John

          1. Hi john

            Thank you and I will wait for your response and any information would be helpful

          2. Hi Mervyn, checking the occupancy info we have from various sources for this building it seems that it was built on the college (corner building) yard. There were 2 shop units originally, though updating and reconstruction may have taken place (photos show it was single storey until at least the 1950’s). The occupancy of the buildings on the site is not entirely clear but seems to have been as follows:
            1902 Ash’s Tailors & Refreshment Rooms
            1916-23 Woolley’s Confectionery
            1929-31 Tucker’s Drapers / Hawking’s
            Dairy? / Player’s Florists
            1939 Pearce’s Toacconists / Evans’
            Jewellers
            1960s Co-Op (extending into the corner building)
            1990s JPS Footwear (extending into the corner building)
            2000s YMCA
            Hope this helps, not sure if any further info will turn up.

  3. Hi David,

    I need to get Nigel my web master to complete this and maybe it’s best with the Hawkings file ?
    John

  4. Could you add our site to the Hawkings family page on your site.

    If I put the web address into the form below it becomes identified as spam.

    Thank you.

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