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The Strand Hotel
published by JulieAPayne on Tue, 30/06/2020 - 12:40

During some genealogy website research on my 3rd great grandfather I saw that a comment was made about his demise "in a shed near The Strand Hotel, Bleadon".

I have been unable to find such a premises on the know your place maps or any reference to it on websites.

I do know the Prom was historically called the Strand, so might have been mistaken for a Hotel name.

Does anyone know if this Hotel really existed, and if so where it was. 

Many Thanks

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Methodists/Wesleyans - Known by their middle name
published by gricharduk on Sat, 27/06/2020 - 17:38


I have come across many Methodists/Wesleyans known by their middle names rather than their first given name. This seems especially true for reverends and devout Methodists. Does anyone know if there is anything in their faith that might suggest why they do this? I have found very little and I would really appreciate some advice/help.

Thanks very much,



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Royal Hotel, Weston
published by Pat Hase on Fri, 19/06/2020 - 14:05

The Royal Hotel was mentioned in the recent comments about South Parade but perhaps it needs a query of its own.  Who financed its building? who owned it? who ran it? and when?

The Somerset Heritage Centre has some documents DD/WY/14/85 referring to 

Memoranda, minutes of evidence in the matter of the reference between Messrs Cox and Parsley; includes draft of lease for twenty-one years by William Cox of Brockley and Richard Parsley of Weston-super-Mare to James Needham, of the Hotel, Weston-super-Mare. 

The Bristol Mirror of June 9th 1810, in an article about the Weston-super-Mare Inclosure states: 

Second Attendance Meeting, for putting the said Acts into execution, on MONDAY, the 25th day JUNE next, at the dwelling-house of James Needham, known by the name of the Hotel, situate Weston-super-Mare.

Meetings continued to be held there throughout 1810

Several Bristol Newspapers of 1810 

SEA BATHING. WESTON-SUPER-MARE, SOMERSETSHIRE  20 miles from Bristol,  30 ditto from Bath.  JAMES NEEDHAM respectfully informs the Public, that he has fitted up the HOTEL with every convenience for the accommodation of large and small parties and families. A select Boarding Table - Neat Post Chaises. good Stabling, and lock-up Coach-houses. For bathing, and the salubrity of the air, Weston has received the decisive sanction of the first Medical Characters in Bath and Bristol.

When the Hotel closed (through lack of trade) in 1811 the contents were auctioned off  - James Needham was obviously greatly in debt!

From the Bristol Mirror 27 April 1811

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It wasn't until 1818 that Richard FRY from Clifton took over the Hotel. See Bristol Mirror 25th April 1818.   What had happened there since 1811?  There are advertisements which suggest it was still open as a venue for Auctions and as a staging Post for carriages from Bristol

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Milton Road Cemetery Plot Numbers
published by JulieAPayne on Mon, 15/06/2020 - 12:14

I recently discovered from your records that I have great grandparents who were buried at Milton Road Cemetery.

I have not been able to work out where the plot numbers are, or where I might see the digital map that was mentioned in the Mercury some years back. 

Any information on how I can find the plots would be welcome.

Thank you

Julie Payne

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Robert Parker READ
published by Paul Tregelles on Sun, 14/06/2020 - 7:46

Robert Parker Read's parents were Henry & Roberta Johanna Read and I believe Robert was born the 3rd July 1855 in Axbridge and  was baptised on the 16th February 1858. 

I know Henry & Roberta Johanna Read are buried in Axbridge church, and I was wondering whether anyone knows whether the Robert Read also buried there in May 1883 is their son, Robert Parker Read?



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South Parade and The Bath Hotel (later Imperial, now Olea)
published by Honey Langcaster-James on Mon, 08/06/2020 - 9:59

Hi everyone, 

I am researching South Parade in Weston-super-Mare at the moment. Several of my ancestors lived and owned property there in the early 1800s. 

I have found this lovely old photograph and thanks to Pat, I have the Tithe map. I don't know much about architecture or historic dating, but I'm trying to establish in what order these buildings were built. Shown on the left is Myrtle Cottage (demolished in around 1860 to make way for the bank). Then Bath Hotel, and then properties on South Parade. The numbering of the properties appears to go from right to left here, with Myrtle Cottage having been at 8 South Parade I believe. 

Does anyone know if that would indicate that the properties on the right were built first? And then the Hotel and then Myrtle Cottage? Or does the architecture and style of these buildings suggest that Myrtle Cottage was built first, then the Hotel added next to that, and then the terraced properties later? I'd be very grateful for anyone's thoughts and ideas on this.

I would also love some help in interpreting the Tithe Map a bit more. Are the darker black lines the outlines of the buildings? If so, it would seem that Myrtle 'Cottage' at 440 on the map was a substantial building? Bigger in square footage than the hotel next door? I have an electoral register which says Richard Fry owned properties at numbers 5 and 8 in South Parade. This would suggest that number 5 was at 436 on this map and number 8 was both Bath Hotel and Myrtle Cottage? Anyone know if this would have been how they'd be organised? 

Finally, I am no botanist, but I note from the photo that the properties Richard Fry owned all seem to have a great deal of greenery, and with the name Myrtle Cottage, does anyone recognise whether these are Myrtle bushes/trees?

Thank you in advance for any thoughts you may have on any of this!


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