We are informed that this building, located in the sand dunes at the top of what is now the junction of Pizey Avenue and Trinity Rise (top centre in photo below), was one of the first experimental buildings made entirely of concrete. It was built and occupied in 1911 by the Akerman family, concrete manufacturers of Bridgwater. Many of the pieces were pre-cast at Dunball and transported to the site by horse-drawn wagon. The Ackermans were also responsible for the well known early concrete house in Bridgwater town centre. There was said to have been a tennis court on the roof of The Mount . It was believed that part of the reason for the choice of the site was the hope that the fresh sea breezes would help Mrs Ackerman’s asthma. However the extensive central heating system gave rise to excessive condensation problems. The Mount was demolished after falling into disrepair.
From Cynthia Boskett:
I have attached photos taken by my parents, Mr and Mrs Ellison, when they lived at “The Mount” Burnham on Sea 1949-1952. They loved living near the sea and in 1986 after thirty four years in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands they returned to Burnham on Sea. It was certainly a very grand house divided into flats at the time my parents lived there. I was only five when we went to the Midlands but I do remember playing in the sand dunes and on the beach next to the house.
Best wishes, Mrs Cynthia Boskett
GREYSTONES, Rectory Rd
This house stood in the grounds of what was at one time Beaufort House (once home of Gardenhurst School and latterly occupied by St Dunstan’s School). It was occupied by Edward Akerman in 1923 (Kellys Directory) until at least 1954 (Electoral Register). By that time it was occupied by Clara A G Perry and Susan Perry who are thought to have been sisters.
It appears that Edward was a brother of William Savidge Akerman who occupied The Mount. It is likely that Greystones was of a similar construction.
It was demolished, probably in the early 1990’s, and replaced by Beaufort Court.