Paddling Pool and Boating Lake


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.

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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


Blencathara Sea View Rd

Blencathra, Seaview Road. The holiday home of the Braithwaite Family

2 thoughts on “Paddling Pool and Boating Lake”

  1. My mother Esme Brown ( 1902 – 2000 ), who lived in Burnham all her life, always told me the pool was called “Potter’s piddling pool” Any known reason why?!

    In the fifties, I always sailed my model yacht in the pool, but later on it silted up, and often the yacht would be stuck in the middle!

    1. Thanks Christopher for your memory of this pool. I too remember sailing my model yacht here with the same results. I also remember standing on something sharp in the pool and when my aunt reached in she pulled out a pair of false teeth! Perhaps someone can shed some light on the name of the pool in your mother’s time?

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