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The 19th century saw Weston grow from a tiny village of about 100 inhabitants, to a thriving Victorian seaside resort of nearly 20,000 people.

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The 19th century saw Weston grow from a tiny village of about 100 inhabitants, to a thriving Victorian seaside resort of nearly 20,000 people. The development of every resort is influenced by many different factors such as Transport, Health, Investment and Attractions. One of the reasons Weston prospered was because of transport, Weston had a railway. Railway reached Weston in 1841. The first station was at the end of a single branch line, the trains initially being drawn by horses as the residents were not too keen on having noisy and smelly steam engines in their growing town but in 1866 a new larger station was built, with a separate goods station nearby. Another way of getting to Weston was the steamers which carried mainly Welsh Miners to the dock at Birnbeck Pier. ...read more.


Portishead had to offer Sea-water baths and also the Saltings Bath House. Another reason Weston prospered was Attractions both Natural and Man-Made. Weston had Bathing Machines, during the 18th century most people bathed naked. For this reason the sheltered cove at Anchor Head was chosen as Weston's first bathing place for ladies. The bathing machine was invented, this was a hut on wheels. The bather entered and, as the machine was drawn down to the sea by a horse, they changed into a bathing dress. They were then able to go down the steps directly into the water. Another main attraction was Birnbeck Pier. Birnbeck Pier was completed in 1867. Birnbeck Pier was the only pier to be connected to land, it was connected to Knightstone Island. ...read more.


Investment was another reason Weston grew instead of Portishead. Whilst Weston was getting developed by Parsley and Cox who were building hotels and boarding houses and Eugenius Bert who constructed Birnbeck Pier, Portishead remained under control of Bristol City Council who wanted to keep the land and make Portishead more of an Industrial Village. Modern Weston is now a mixed economy town, still reliant upon tourism, but with increasing dependence on industry. Weston Super Mare Population is currently at 20,000 but remains in the shadow of the rising seaside Villages in Brighton. In conclusion I believe that Weston prospered because of those four main factors. Weston got more attention and development than Portishead so it became more popular during the up rise of seaside holidays. ?? ?? ?? ?? Why Did Weston-Super-Mare continue to grow as a seaside resort between 1870-1900 while Portishead did not? By Laura Golder 10L2 ...read more.

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