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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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Submitted by gricharduk on Tue, 30/06/2020 - 15:53

Hi,

There was a hotel on the Prom called The Strand Hotel:

View from the Strand Hotel

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?

Richard

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Submitted by JulieAPayne on Tue, 30/06/2020 - 16:34

Hi Richard

Thank you for the information. The engraving looks to be from the area near the Sanatorium

I have found his burial record in Uphill for 1865. That's where the family lived - So the place and timeline seems correct. Just need to discover what actually happened to him.

Julie

 

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Submitted by gricharduk on Tue, 30/06/2020 - 17:03

Hi,

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.

Richard

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Submitted by gricharduk on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 8:39

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?

Richard

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