Weston-Super-Mare : Then & Now

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The nineteenth century saw Weston-super-Mare grow from a tiny village of about 100 inhabitants to a thriving Victorian seaside resort of 20,000 people. A hundred years later it has population of almost 70,000. Despite changing fortunes during the twentieth century, as the traditional English week at the seaside was replaced by holidays overseas and short breaks in the UK, Weston has managed to adapt - and still flourishes. Sharon Poole's new book uncovers many of the changes that Weston has seen over the years, comparing old photographs with the scene today. Dramatic developments are complemented by surprising survivals - remnants of the past that remain unchanged in the modern town. The illustrations are accompanied by Sharon's in-depth and knowledgeable text, which will be of interest to residents and visitors alike.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 165 x 235 x 15.24mm | 430.91g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • full colour illustrations
  • 0752467956
  • 9780752467955
  • 1,471,109

About Sharon Poole

Sharon Poole moved to Weston in 1971, the same year she began to work for the Museum Service. Part of her work at this time involved compiling a photographic record of Weston and the many changes that were occurring during this period. Over the subsequent years Sharon became curator of the local and social history collections at North Somerset Museum. Her first book was published in 1987 and since then she has written many more on Weston and the surrounding area. She left the Museum Service in 2001 but continues to take an active interest in the history of Weston and currently works as a freelance speaker, writer, and researcher.show more