Here is a miscellany of local places and people
Photo at top of page, and below, dates unknown.
Middle Burnham Farm with K. Knight (L) & C. Butt (R).
‘The Hall’, now the Community Centre
Post Office, dates unknown.
Old cottage and church
Charles Pearson card, date unknown.
BREAN SANDS HOLIDAY RESORT
Henry Young and his men building Rectory Rd 1904.
The large house known as ‘The Grove’ stood in extensive wooded grounds where the road Gardenhurst now runs, north of Rectory Rd. The house later became known as Hart House and during the early part of the 20th century was enlarged to become the Manor Hotel. The Rectory, to the south, later became known as Gardenhurst and served as a school. It eventually expanded to take in the Manor Hotel.
Map below is from o.s. 1844-88.
The area was developed for housing during the early years of the 20th century.
ST ANN’S VILLA
One time home of Lord Cave.
The map shows the course of St Ann’s lane, leading between the high and low lighthouses, it is interesting to speculate whether this is a remnant of the course of the ancient River Siger. There is anecdotal evidence that trows would at one time land coal directly onto the beach near the low lighthouse and that it was transported to the road by a narrow gauge horse railway. Was this down St Ann’s Lane?
Low lighthouse from St Ann’s Lane
This appears from the engraving to originally have been a handsome building. It is shown, in census information and trade directories from 1848 to 1939, to have been occupied by a series of families mostly of business owners, clergy, ‘gentry’ or other people of independent means. Occupants included John Prior Estlin (1866) brick manufacturer, merchant and member of the Local Board Committee (later of ‘Tregunter‘ and Marine House on the Esplanade).
Engraving, date unknown.
The Colony Lodge, still standing on the Berrow Rd
At beginning of works for new road to the A38 (Queens Drive).
COX & COX REMOVALS
Cox & Cox had premises at the north end of Victoria St but their warehouse was near to the brewery on Highbridge Rd. Their wagons would no doubt have been a familiar site on the local roads.
The Globe Hotel (now the Pimpernel, previously the Huntspill Arms and before that the Scarlet Pimpernel). The date is unknown but is sometime after 1916, when the Derham family took over the hotel for Holts Brewery (until 1949). The sign at right has a pendant marked R.A.O.B. which probably indicates a meeting place for the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, a fraternal organisation started in 1822.
Perambulating around and about one might no doubt have come across P.C. Hillman on his beat, but when???
Does anyone know more about this robust looking gentleman?