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A member of the club???
published by Pat Hase - 1 months 25 days ago.

David Boley has pointed out to me that on Page 355 of Pam Slocombe's book there is a paragraph about the Mark Friendly Society, which might have been known locally as the Mark Club.  If anyone has family papers which mention the Friendly Society I'm sure that he would be interested.  It was mentioned as late as 1865 in the Western Gazette when it met in the Pack Horse Inn.

A member of the club???
published by Pat Hase - 1 months 28 days ago.

This is purely a guess.  There are 9 men who are "Members of Mark Club" buried between 1800 and 1809.  It could be a form of Burial Club which covered the costs of the burial.  The Vestry Minutes might refer to it.  There is no mention that I can see in the book "Mark, A Somerset Moorland Village" by Pamela Slocombe.

The Research Forum
published by kg@cave - 2 months 1 day ago.

Hi WSMDFHS members

As a 'lockdown' project I've been undertaking the history and development of Hill Road, Weston - super - Mare, mainly focussing on Hill Road north of Milton Road to Trewartha Park.

Specifically, I've been researching the individual houses  which were mainly built over a 40 year period starting with Hans Fowler Price\'s Tyn - y - Coed built in 1862 - and the biographies of many of the residents who lived in the houses in the style of the TV series 'A House Through Time'.

Many Hill Road names and families are involved in this research project but if any members have already done research on any house, family or individuals in Hill Road then I'd love to hear from you, and especially if you know of anyone who previously lived in Hill Road, or visited relatives who lived there, and would be willing to share their experience of living there.

We have lived in Hill Road for 35 years so we rather feel like historical artefacts ourselves now..!

If you have any old photos or images/pictures of Hill Road, Deeds/documents &c and are willing to share them, I would love to hear from you and would be more than happy to discuss and share my research to date.

thanks in advance for any interest & enquiries

kind regards - Keith Graham


Moorland Road, Weston-super-Mare
published by Paul Tracey - 2 months 2 days ago.

Comment submitted on behalf of John Harding - Sydney - Oz

Thanks Pat -

I thought of that too - but if you compare the distance from the bottom detail of the bay window to the lettering it would seem to be written on the shop signage board - (which in the modern photo is the area painted yellow) - where the Paynes would have had their own name rather than one of the lines they sold - so the photo may be earlier than 1939 - not sure when Jack Harding first opened his business but it may have been before the Paynes began trading at No34 -    


The first ‘Wills Gold Flake’ photo has a bus coming along Moorland Road - it looks an earlier type than more streamlined buses of the ‘30s - admittedly transport companies keep their machines running as long as possible so that may not mean the bus is contemporary with the snapshot - but perhaps Jack is standing there 5-10 years before 1939 - in addition the window shot may not be contemporary with bus shot either - the family albums are a bit disorganised like most peoples’ - it’s only forensic pendants like me who get obsessive about the details!

Anyhow if you have access to earlier Kellys…

And of course there’s the Mystery of the Moorland Pedlar too…

John H

Moorland Road, Weston-super-Mare
published by Pat Hase - 2 months 3 days ago.

According to the 1939 Register - Albert & Blanche PAYNE have a shop at 34 Moorland Road and while he is a shopkeeper and salesman she makes home-made sweets, cakes and jam.  I can only assume that the notice in their window was for a brand of product associated with their business. Have no idea what it might be though!  

Moorland Road, Weston-super-Mare
published by John Harding - 2 months 5 days ago.

Moorland Road.

I’ve posted some variations on this theme in the past but as there seems to be a renewed interest in the old street I thought I’d have another go!
My Grandfather and namesake John Harding lived during the ‘30s and the War years at No35 with his wife Louise and their sons - Harold, David, Roger, and Hubert. He was a tailor and outfitter. The business finally closed in the late '50s. Here’s a view of the road - two actually. Both cobbled together from a couple of snaps taken on the same day.
John is not standing outside his own shop - he must have nipped up the road for a packet of Woodbines! 
The photo is looking back towards the seaside end and you can see the shop at the corner of Charlton Ave and Moorland Rd - detail here - No35 is further along.   
Below is No35 - I’ve circled a section of the left hand window in red because of something intriguing -  
 Here it is with a further highlight in green -  
 In the first image we can see a reflection of the upstairs window of No34 across the road and below it some lettering which seems to be signage in reverse - in the second it’s been righted. 
Below how No34 looks today with No35 reflected in the two small right hand windows!
But what does it say? - my 1949 Kelly’s has the premises as occupied by ‘Payne Albt. Wm’ and ‘Payne B. confctnr’
I’m assuming that means ‘confectioner’ - a sweet shop perhaps. But by 1949 the Kelly’s is out of date by a decade at least. 
Does anyone have an earlier one that can shed some light on ??P? SA?SOM.?
The other thing which haunts me is a memory of the sign outside The Moorland Pedlar at No87 - it was of a Pied Piper sort of chap with a pointed hat I think - we used to have a photograph but it’s disappeared - I’m hoping someone may have a recollection too - even a photo!
John Harding - Sydney - Oz.

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