Picture Past: May 17, 1968
PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 May 2018
A horse fell through a roof and one of Weston-super-Mare’s oldest businesses was closing 50 years ago. Here is the news from the May 17 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.
• A pub landlord had a shock when he walked into his cellar to find a horse’s legs dangling through the roof.
The landlord of the White Hart Lane pub in Cross made the surprising discovery.
The horse had fallen some 12ft and had smashed several crates of beer, but was largely unharmed. It was thought the horse got to the roof from a field which sloped down towards it.
• Roadworks had started in Weston to link the seafront with Walliscote Grove Road and Carlton Street. The scheme would cost £800.
• Weston was to get a new zebra crossing at the junction of High Street, Regent Street and Meadow Street. Approval was given by the Government’s Ministry for Transport and it would cost £1,090.
• The National Trust decided it would buy Woodspring Priory and its farmland. It was appealing for financial help from people in Somerset and Bristol to complete the purchase of the land and buildings at Middle Hope.
• A continental-style pavement café with tables and umbrellas would not be installed in Dolphin Square. Weston Borough Council thought it had ‘pleasing aspects’ but its conditions for the development stated nothing could be put on the pavement or forecourt and it would encourage others to seek the same permission.
• Factories in Weston were hit by a one-day national strike of engineers. A number of factories had a 100 per cent stoppage.
• One of Weston’s oldest grocery businesses was closing after 80 years. Harris and Sons in the Boulevard was established in 1887.
• A £250,000 bypass for Axbridge had not solved all the problems with congestion. Complaints were made about the haphazard parking in the streets, and one estimate put the cost of widening spaces to £10,000.
• The Mercury’s Looking Back column described a change in fashion in 1868, as women’s dresses had got a little shorter.
The Mercury reported in 1868: “What was a more distasteful sight than to see our ladies performing the part of dust-carts in the public ways?
“Short dresses are again the mode for walking which is sensible and pretty, and the men will no longer be tripped up by those sweeping skirts which were a defiance of cleanliness and comfort.”
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