At the time (1850s I think), it was close to Uphill. I can't remember where I read it but I think Uphill wasn't a separate parish until the mid-1860s (I am not certain about this) - parish lands came under Bleadon before that. I am wondering if that might be where this comes from. Does the date (1850s) sound about right for your 3rd great grandfather?
Submitted by gricharduk on Tue, 30/06/2020 - 17:03
Ref my last email: I have found details of the inquest that took place on 14 October 1865 (page 5, Weston-super-Mare Gazette, and General Advertiser - Saturday 21 October 1865). Let me know if you would like a copy. Summary: Mr. W. Fear, a farmer at Uphill, found him in his "linhay" on the 12th October and took him to the hotel.
It turns out that the early history of the Strand Hotel was:
1842 - Built to be a hotel and called the Strand Hotel 1851 - The Strand House Academy run as a boarding school by Thomas Warton After 1861 - The Halfway House Inn run by Mary Maria Carter 1868 - Purchased by the West of England Sanatorium as accommodation for recovering patients
This is by no means complete! I am wondering if we have a separate topic for the Strand/West of England Sanatorium similar to one Pat created on the Royal Hotel, Weston?