Picture at head of page from postcard by Charles Pearson
THE POST OFFICE AND STORES
THE BERROW INN
NEWCOMBE HARBOUR TEA ROOM
We have no information about this tea room, please comment if you can tell us anything about it.
We have no photos of the school itself, if you have any you would be prepared to share please get in touch via comments below.
Image above courtesy of Roger Harvey, date unknown.
Children outside the school.
Top Row: Alice Rawlings, Beattie Bisgrove (?), Evie Marsh, Bessie Sellick, Hannah Boon, Gertie Andow (?), Bessie Ham.
Second Row: Frank Bisgrove, Dolly Ham, Annie Ford, Nellie Bradbeer, J Ham, Emily Coombes, Nellie Andow(?), Bertha Andow(?) , Florrie Rose, Minnie Rice, Henry Rawlings , Clifford Coombes, Charlie Whitecombe, Ernie Bradbeer, Nellie House, Olive Raffles, Dolly Tidball.
Bottom Row: Billie Andow (?), Jack Dunn, George Dunn, Jim Dunn, Cecil (?)Hutchings, Wreford (?) Coombe, Violet Rose, Minnie Tidball, Leslie Ham, Charlie Lawor (?), Edgar Marsh, unnamed boy.
Photo below from 1962 / 3 courtesy of Alan Cooke and Jenny Welland.
There is a story about this thatched cottage by Berrow Church. It has been passed down that the lady who lived there could cast spells. Local farmers being concerned of her would leave joints of meat at her doorstep to prevent being one of her subjects (see also here)
Another local story reported by Sam Nash was that a tower stood at the side of the track leading to Berrow Church and that in it lived a woman who murdered her husband. It was said that she gave birth to a child whilst in prison, who received a farthing per day pension for life because of this. It is also said that his name was Hicks and, as a man, he ran a plant nursery on the Berrow Rd.
A better picture of the Church with the cottage having had a new roof.
BERROW METHODIST CHURCH
Alan Cooke in his comment below has alerted us that this picture of the Church, which we had originally thought to be of the school, has been reversed. His birthplace, the cottage on the right, should actually be on the left. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for this to happen when images are reproduced over the years.
THE OLD COURTHOUSE
Rita Probert, in her family history, relates a story she was told during the course of her research:
“in the 1930’s when the 15th century Old Court House, which stood at the triangle of three roads at Berrow near Burnham was demolished, the new owner of the land whilst gardening unearthed two skeletons both with dislocated necks. This supported the oft related story that two local men who had taken part in the [Monmouth] rebellion had been hanged on the gibbet which once stood on the Berrow Triangle and were buried in the courthouse yard.” – ‘Beyond the Shadows’ a history of three local families by Rita Probert
This is supported by a story handed down in Burnham and reported by Sam Nash, that Jeffreys held a court here.
THE GOLF LINKS
See also Golf (sport and pastimes).
It appears there was an army camp at Brean during the early years of the 20th century. Please comment below if you have any additional information about this.