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The Brian Austin Archive

Respected Local Historian and Society Life Member, Brian Austin has deposited much of his research at the Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton where it can be seen listed on the online catalogue here .

Brian has also donated results of some of his research to the North Somerset Studies Library in Weston-super-Mare.  You can find these listed in the Library Catalogue.

However, copies of most of his research are still maintained by him at his home.  He has recently completed his ‘Chronological History of Weston-super-Mare’. This project has run to some 440 pages of A4 with a full index of people/places/things.

He is more than happy to share information with you.  The full list of his up to-date files which are held by him is listed below. Brian does not use a computer. If you write to him for the details of something which interests you and include a Stamped Addressed Envelope he will reply.

Brian Austin, 11, Alma Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1RB


Weston-super-Mare History

Files compiled and held by Brian Austin – ‘The Austin Collection’

File Ref

Details

No Pages

002

Weston old (north) Cemetery – Gravestone Index

157

003

St John Parish register. Alphabetical transcription (corrected)

152

004

Land Tax Analysis 1766 – 1832

59

005/06

St John Overseers notes and payments 1685 - 1746 + 1820 - 1836

332

007/08

St John Church wardens’ rates & payments 1694 – 1813

145

009

Tithe Commutation Award 1838 analysis

29

010

Enclosure Award analysis 1815

59

011

Manorial Survey of 1768 (with old Westonian signatures copied)

59

016

Weston Newspapers list of born, married, died 1843 – 1857

52

017

Early Deeds etc. Baesh/Smith 1572 etc

51

018

‘Memories of old Weston’ extracted from newspapers c1850 onward

 

021

A ‘Facts Index’ from newspapers 1843 – 1950

79

022

Petty Sessions 1844 – 1861. Alphabetical form, complete

136

025/27

Weston related families – family trees and other refs

7000+

028

Weston Cricket Festival. Players, averages, results 1914 -

Exercise book

030

Bastard baptisms listed in N. Somerset sector pre 1900

108

031/32

‘Born Abroad’ Weston resident in Census (etc) to 1881

88

034

Entertainments 1890 – 1899 full notes of shows, places, etc

36

035

Road numbering changes 1908 full lists

272

038

St John Parish – analysis of combined records (002 to 010) etc

125

039

Newspaper refs to servings mess 1914 - 18 an index

67

040

Newspaper refs to serving mess 1939 – 45 an index

37

044/45

Probate Wills extracts mostly c19. Transcribed 192 wills

68 +

049

‘Bristol Mirror’ local extracts 1805 – 1822 inc adverts etc

327

050

‘Building Control Plans’ (Town planning 1862 – 1934) (donated)

452

051

Weston Cricket Club history 1845 – 1972 history and statistics

149

059

19th Century Places list. Roads, houses of note, terraces, etc

153

060/69

Original letters, bills and receipts, etc. Extracted from Town Hall

C 2000

083

Brian Austin ‘Talking History’ column Evening Post (re-writes)

200

084

People associated with W-s-M, achievement or local interest

220

085

People associated with W-s-M, The Arts

88

087

“Somerset Folk songs” Words & Melodies by BA (theatre work, etc)

30

088

Town Commissioners Letters. Extracted facts 19th-20th Century

121

089

Transcribed Deeds mostly 19th Century

224

093/99

Maps A3 Collection

-

105

Transcribed Property & Land Sales

36

106

Transcribed Descriptions of Old Weston

105

107

Transcribed Recollections of Old Weston

41

110

A Chronological History of WsM sector to 2017 (Project 2018 ended)

440

 

 

 

 

Unlisted numbers above are mostly “general reference” collections, pictures etc

 

 

 

 

 

Below – Files numbered 200+  refer to smaller files

 

 

201-211

Census Parish Indexes 1841-51-61-71-81. WsM Library films. People & Places

423

212

Brian Austin Column “Weston Tails” Weston Mercury

127

217

The Town Commissioners WsM. Full listing 1841-1893

25

217A

Urban District Councillors 1895-1937 full list inc “not elected”

25

220

Christ Church School log books, extracts

81

223

Londonaires Cricket Club WsM. A history and statistics

119

225

1941/2 Evacuation of residents after attacks of 1941 & 1942 (CD list)

43

226

Boer War Servicemen noted in newspapers 1899-1902

19

233

Road Names analysis (2000) Present day and antique list

68

243

Somerset Old wills notes of local interest

36

 

 

 

 

NOTE: for original plays, poetry, etc. see elsewhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note file L (from 060) being envelopes of specific original letters:

 

 

0060A Weston Railway                                  E Carlton Street 1957 (23)

 

 

         B apologies & resignations (65)           F Sewers (80)

 

 

         C Entertainment Residents (49)          G Water (70)

 

 

         D Entertainment Non-Residents (35) H Water (larger size) (33)

 

 

 

 

 

And see

 

 

P061 Collection of Petitions to Council mostly 19th Century

27


If writing to Brian, please give him as much detail as you can about what it is that you want to know and don’t forget the SAE! Many people have reason to be very grateful for Brian’s extensive knowledge of people, places and events in this part of Somerset.

Further information about Brian Austin can be found at this website - which is not maintained by Brian.  

 

 

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