Picture Past: September 29, 1967 – Cave in ‘golden mile’ sold at auction
PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 September 2017
Weston’s pedestrian bridge and the sale of a cave and observatory made headlines 50 years ago. The stories were included in the September 27 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in 1967.
• A bridge linking Weston’s shopping development at Dolphin Square with the seafront was almost complete.
A crane placed 12 huge concrete beams in place, as the project neared its conclusion.
• Properties based in Cheddar’s ‘golden mile’ were sold for more than £35,000 in an auction.
The most spirited bidding was for Jacob’s Ladder, 274 steps in the gorge, which was sold to Lord Weymouth for £16,000.
Also included in the sale was a cave, a car park, observatory and camera obscura.
Lord Weymouth was the son of the Marquis of Bath who owned Gough’s and Cox’s Caves.
• Representatives from Weston were not allowed to attend a conference held by the Regional Economic Planning Council.
The ‘cold shoulder’ came just a week after Weston was ignored in a report about the South West’s economic future.
The planning council said Weston councillors could not go as they were not from a large local authority.
• A protest about mail collections being done too early at Wrington’s Post Office was made to the parish council.
One solicitor said he had to sign the last of his letters at 4pm because post was being collected from the Post Office at 5.10pm.
• Lympsham needed a youth organisation, a children’s playground and a playing field, residents said at a parish council meeting.
The council had invited people to share their views on how the village should change in the future.
• Interest in Axbridge’s history was ‘heightened’ following a pageant.
But members of the parish council wanted to keep the interest going, and felt a tidy-up was crucial.
It was the hoped the ‘unsightly’ electricity poles and wires across The Square would be taken down.
• Schoolchildren in Stone Allerton were facing a ‘serious transport problem’.
Many of them travelled to their school in Lower Weare, just under three miles away.
But there were proposals children under the age of eight would no longer be taken there by bus, and would be expected to walk instead.
Parents said they would take strong action against the plans.