The paddling pool was built by Joseph Bevan Braithwaite after the end of the First World War in 1921. Joseph had six children, five boys and one girl. All of the boys fought in the war in various occupations and all of them came home uninjured. Joseph and his family lived in Blencathra, Seaview Road and had the pool built on the seashore near to their home. A plaque on the new sea wall commemorates the safe return of the sons. Blencathra was demolished and replaced by Blencathara (sic) Court, a block of flats.
In its heyday the pool was a very popular attraction.
Th picture above is from the Burnham on Sea Guide of 1950.
The pool was demolished in 2010 due to it’s poor state of repair.
Joseph was a partner in a firm of stockbrokers, Foster and Braithwaite, and also a Quaker, who came from an illustrious and successful family. His father Joseph Bevan Braithwaite was a Barrister, practising at Middle Temple and was at the time living at 18 Highbury New Park, London. Blencathra was named after Saddleback in Cumbria, his father’s birthplace. Blencathra became a second home to the Braithwaite family whose primary home was in London.
Joseph was born 05/10/1855 in St Pancras district of London and died 30/11/1934 at home in Blencathra. His estate was valued at £30875 18s 6d. He was educated at a Quaker school in Kendal, his father’s home town.
It is not understood why Joseph’s sons fought in the first World War if they were Quaker pacifists. The following entry in The Times for 19/12/2014 would appear to answer this question. They did not engage in battle but were making reparations.
Joseph Bevan and Anna Sophia’s family consisted of five boys and one girl
|Jonathon Frederick Braithwaite||1883-1962|
|John Bevan Braithwaite||1884-1973|
|Alfred Lloyd Braithwaite||1886-1967|
|Dorothy Anna Braithwaite||1889-1974|
|Harold Wilson Braithwaite||1890-1990|
|Joseph Gurney Braithwaite M.P., Sir||1895-1958|
Blencathra, Seaview Road. The holiday home of the Braithwaite Family