Thursday, 28 February 2019

Around Weston-Super-Mare Town

Hello

Thanks for popping in.

My final post on Weston-Super-Mare will look around the town.  Bristol born Architect Hans Price was responsible for the town's development during the Victorian era.  He designed the Italianate Town Hall below . . .


. . . and the Walliscote Primary School.


The Italian Gardens provide a large space in the centre of the town and no doubt look great on a sunny Summer day when the fountains are working.  Nothing particularly out of the ordinary struck me as I walked around the shops but I wasn't really on a shopping expedition!  

Silica, below, is a 70 ft artwork by Wolfgang Buttress on Big Lamp Corner which is also a bus stop, kiosk and information point.  It is covered in 6,000 prisms to catch the light during the day and LEDs to create a display at night.


The library has moved to the Town Hall buildings looking nice and modern and well equipped.


The street artist JPS who is based in Weston has been busy around the town.




Banksy used to spend his childhood in Weston, which is not far from Bristol where he was born.  In 2015 he took over the Tropicana centre, a disused lido, on the beach and turned it into a temporary art display called Dismaland a 'sinister twist on Disneyland'.  Only open  for 36 days, it proved really popular bringing £20 million to the town.



Time to head to the station and back home.  The original Brunel station was built in 1841, the old signal box can be seen in the car park, but the current station dates from 1884.


Cheerio from Weston-Super-Mare in Winter.

6 comments:

  1. A lovely look around the town. There seems plenty to see and do in Weston-Super-Mare.

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  2. Looks like an interesting town away from the beach and pier area. I don't remember seeing the Silica art work when we were there but we only spent a couple of hours mostly along the front:)

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    1. That's probably the best place to be unless you need some shopping. 😊

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  3. Thanks for taking us around Weston-Super-Mare. I can see there's more to this town than just the beach. Have a lovely day!

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    1. A little more than we first thought! Have fun.

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