Stephen Butt

Stephen Butt


This blog is about my interests in history and photography. I have always enjoyed discovering something new about the past, and there is always much to discover.

I am always pleased to chat about the subjects covered in my books and to hear about new historical research projects which I may be able to help you with.

I can also present illustrated talks to local history and heritage societies on a variety of subjects, some quite obscure, and I have my own audio-visual equipment.

If you would like to chat about a book, project, visit or idea, in the first instance, please contact me by email here.

Weston Seascape

Weston-super-MarePosted by Stephen Tue, January 31, 2017 12:18:39
I grew up by the seaside. We went for cross-country runs along the beach and later my first school holiday job was with a beach photography business. In recent years, the promenade and seafront have been improved beyond measure, mainly because of flood-prevention work. This is the view of the rebuilt Grand Pier, taken from Knightstone.

In its natural state Knightstone was a barren island reached only at low tide. It was a good fishing spot, a salmon of 30lbs once was landed there. The causeway, bath house and swimming pool were among the first features developed to create the health and holiday resort of Weston-super-Mare.

The causeway was heightened using granite from a quarry near Falmouth, owned by Dr Joseph Fox. This weighty cargo was transported round Lands End in ships belonging to his cousin G.K.Fox. Granite was also used for the characteristic Cornish bastions protecting Knightstone from the sea. Contemporary reports state that Dr Fox spent £20,000 or more on the island.

This view is from the building whch once accommodated Dr Fox's medical baths, and which are now Dr Fox's Tearooms.