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Weston-super-Mare History
-15000000000Start of the Universe
-4500000000Formation of Planet Earth
-4000000000Start Life on Earth (disputed date)
-2400000000 to -2100000000Huronian Ice Age
-800000000 to -635000000Cryogenian Ice Age
-450000000 to -420000000Andean-Saharan Ice Age
-360000000 to -260000000Karoo Ice Age
-2580000Current Ice Age (Quaternary)
-10000Warm period in current ice age
-8200 to -4200Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age)
-6500Britain cut off from mainland by rising sea level
-4200 to -2200Neolithic (New Stone Age)
-2200 to -1500Bronze Age (no agreement on dates)
-1500 to -1000The Dark Ages (no agreement on dates)
-850 to 43Iron Age (no agreement on start date)
43 to 410Roman Occupation
410 to 1000Post Roman
1000 to 1500Gothic Art (no agreement on dates)
1000 to 1500Medieval (Middle Ages) (no agreement on dates)
1042 to 1066King Edward (the Confessor) of England
1066 to 1066King Harold of England
1066 to 1087King William I (The Conqueror) of England
1067Aproximate date for building St Nicholas Church, Uphill
1080Approximate date of earliest remaining parts of Uphill Church
1086Doomsday Book documents Uphill as having 80 inhabitants
1087 to 1100King William II (Rufus) of England
1100 to 1135King Henry I of England
1129Consecration of Uphill Church
1135 to 1154King Stephen of England
1154 to 1189King Henry II of England
1189 to 1199King Richard I (The Lion Heart) of England
1199 to 1216King John of England
1210Approximate date for founding of Woodspring Priory
1216 to 1272King Henry III of England
1272 to 1307King Edward I (Hammer of the Scots) of England
1307 to 1327Edward II
1327 to 1377Edward III
1348First known written record of the name Weston-super-Mare
1377 to 1399King Richard II of England and Wales
1399 to 1413King Henry IV of England and Wales
1399 to 1461House of Lancaster of England and Wales
1413 to 1422King Henry V (The Warrior King) of England and Wales
1422 to 1461King Henry VI of England and Wales
1461 to 1483King Edward IV of England and Wales
1483 to 1483King Edward V of England and Wales
1483 to 1485King Richard III of England and Wales
1485 to 1509King Henry VII of England and Wales
1500 to 1600Renaissance Art
1509 to 1547King Henry VIII of England and Wales
1547 to 1553King Edward VI of England and Wales
1553 to 1553Queen Jane of England and Wales
1553 to 1558Queen Mary I of England and Wales
1558 to 1603Queen Elizabeth I of England and Wales
1568Calemine (used for making brass) discovered on Worle Hill.
1603 to 1625King James I of England (James VI of Scotland)
1603 to 1714House of Stuart
1607Massive flooding along banks of Bristol Channel
1625 to 1649King Charles I of England Wales and Scotland
1649 to 1659Commonwealth (No monarch)
1653 to 1658Oliver Cromwell (Lord Protector)
1658 to 1659Richard Cromwell (Lord Protector)
1659 to 1685King Charles II of England Wales and Scotland
1685 to 1688James II of England and Wales (James VII of Scotland)
1688 to 1689King William III and Queen Mary II (Joint rule)
1689 to 1702King William III
1702 to 1714Queen Anne
1714 to 1727King George I
1727 to 1760King George II
1760 to 1820King George III
1791Thatched Cottage was built
1805Building of the School House in Uphill (became known as Uphill Castle)
1812Westons first hotel (The Royal) opens (Date uncertain probably between 1808 and 1812)
1820Howes Baths opens at Knightstone
1820 to 1830King George IV
1822First guide book for Weston-super-Mare published
1825First pleasure steamer to arrive in Weston docks at Knightstone
1826Planting of trees starts in Weston Woods
1828West wall of Uphill Church painted white to help ships navigate
1830 to 1837King William IV
1833Uphill village officially became part of Weston-super-Mare
1833 to 1834Height of knightstone Causeway increased
1834Marine lake formed by buiding the pedestrian causeway
1837 to 1901Queen Victoria
1841Gas arrives in Weston
1841Westons first Railway Station opens
1843First edition of the Weston Mercury (originally called The Westonian)
1843Weston gets its first sewers
1844New Uphill Church (in the village) consecrated
1846Westons first Voluntary Fire Brigade Formed
1848Kewstoke Toll Road opens
1853Opening of the towns first Water Works
1857Dispensary built in Alfred Street
1866Opening of Westons second railway station
1867Attempt to build international harbour at Brean Down
1867Opening of Birnbeck Pier
1868Sanatorium opens at the end of the Promenade
1882Weston gets a Lifeboat Station
1885Towns only Fire Service closed when Volunteers Disbanded
1886Construction of the see front completed
1886Volunteer Fire Brigade reformed with new HQ behind original Town Hall
1890 to 1939Machine Age
18972nd railway from Weston to Clevedon opens(closed 1940)
1898Birnbeck Pier devastated in major fire
1900Soldier blows up Brean Down Fort by firing gun into the Armoury
1901Fire Station in Oxford Street Completed
1901Weston gets mains electricity
1901 to 1910King Edward VII
1902Electric Trams arrive in Weston
1902Swimming pool and pavillion open at Knightsone
1903Construction starts on the Grand Pier
1904First section of Grand Pier opens
1907Grand Pier extended to allow ships to land passengers
1907Weston to Clevedon railway exteded to Portishead
1910 to 1936King George V
1914 to 1918World War I
1916Grand Pier shortened to present length
1926Light Amusements appear on the Grand Pier
1927Winter Gardens Open
1928Openning of Queen Alexandra Hospital (on theBoulevard)
1930Grand Pier Pavilion destroyed in great fire
1933Grand Pavilion reopens after being rebuilt following the fire
1933Opening of Weston Milton Station
1934Founding of Weston Bay Yacht Club
1935Construction of the Floral Clock
1935Opening of the Odeon Cinema
1936Opening of Hutton Moor Airfield
1936 to 1936King Edward VIII
1936 to 1952King George VI
1937Swimming pool built (renamed Tropicana in 1983)
1937Tram service closes
1939Weston gets first Professional Fire Fighter (previously it relied on Volunteers)
1939 to 1945World War II (Birnbeck Pier used for weapons testing)
1940First bombing of Weston during World War II
1940Weston to Portishead railway closes
1945 to 1980Atomic Age
1946Opeining of the Playhouse Theatre
1947Pontins open holiday camp at Sand Bay
1948Old Sanatorium converted for use by NHS as the Royal Hospital
1952Queen Elizabeth II
1954National Trust acquire Brean Down
1968National Trust acquire Woodspring Priory
1969Weston carnival resumes (after closing for World War II)
1970M5 Motorway construction reaches St. Georges
1974Grand Pier Listed by Department of Environment as Historic Monument
1974Opening of the Helicopter Museum
1974Weston becomes part of the new county of Avon
1979Opening of the West Mendip Way
1980Computer Age
1981Uphill and parts of Weston-super-Mare devestaeted by great flood
1982First Weston-super-Mare Beach Race
1983Completion of the new Uphill Flood Defences
1983The swimming pool complex is renamed Tropicana
1986Opening of teh current hospital in Uphill
1987Closure of Westland Helicopters
1989Helicopter museum opens
1990Birnbeck Pier damaged by storm, it later closed in 1994
1992Birmbeck Pier closes as unsafe but remains open to RNLI
1995Locking Castle Church opens in a porta-cabin
1996Weston becomes part of North Somerset
1999Pontins leave Sand Bay and site becomes Sand Bay Holiday Village
2000Closure of RAF Locking
2000Tropicana closes
2001Jills garden opens in Grove Park
2006Silica (spire shaped monument) installed
2008Grand Pier Completely destroyed in a fire
2010The new Grand Pier opens after rising from the ashes of the old pier
2015Opening of the extension to Weston Bay Yacht Club
2015Part of Birnbeck Pier collapses into the sea
2015RNLI leaves Birnbeck Pier because structure too dangerous to use
2015RNLI using temporary boathouse at Anchor Head
2015Artist Banksy holds "Dismaland" exhibition in the derelict Tropicana
2016Uphill Manor Fire
2016Severe flooding in Weston-super-Mare caused by 36 hours of continuous reain
2016Bridge at Moor Lane (Worle) was closed because repairs were uneconomic
2020Covid 19 pandemic results in widespread lockdowns