What later became the eastern end of College St. can be seen on the 1838 tithe map as the southern part of Victoria St. The Northern side of this was taken up by Ravensworth House (follow link for maps) until the end of the nineteenth century. The 1884 Ordnance Survey map shows that by that time the western end of what was by now called College St, had been cut through to the sea front and had incorporated and straightened the southward end of Victoria St.
It appears that this work was undertaken during the same period as the creation of Alfred St. (now High St.). Alfred House, a private residence later to become a school (which can be seen on the left in the picture at the top of the page, opposite the Railway Hotel) is recorded as having been built not long after the survey of 1838. Around 1910 Wilts & Dorset Bank constructed a new building on the site which later became the Lloyds, Bank we know today. The National School, at the junction of College St and the North Esplanade, was built in 1855.
Advertisements from Burnham on Sea Holiday Guide, date unknown.
View of College St. from Victoria St showing Wilson’s Butchers. This is the same premises referred to in the sound clip above, but under different ownership. The vehicles suggest this was taken in the 1960’s or 70’s.
(When did Wilson’s close down?)
(Information courtesy of Winston and Robert Thomas: ‘The Book of Burnham on Sea’)