Can you solve two owls’ mystery?

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 May 2012

One of the two owls

One of the two owls

Jeremy Long \ JCL Photography

WESTON residents are being asked to solve a mystery posed by a pair of owls on the roof of two buildings in the town.

The stone birds, called T’wit and T’woo, are perched on the roofs of two Victorian villas in Upper Kewstoke Road, and a bottle of champagne is on offer to the first reader who can resolve the riddle of how they came to be sitting there.

The Westcliff villas, which used to be part of a girls’ school and a department of Weston College, are currently being developed into apartments by Broadway Heritage.

Despite the buildings’ Victorian heritage, local historian John Crockford-Hawley said owls were not a decorative feature that would have appealed to 19th century people.

He said: “Perhaps T’wit and T’woo are wise owls which have an educational connotation and may connect them to the period when Westcliff was a school.”

But Rita Willies, who taught at the school in the 1950s and has written a history of Westcliff, says she has no recollection of them.

Michael Hodges, of Broadway Heritage, is offering a bottle of bubbly to the first reader who can solve the mystery. If you know the answer, email us at or call the newsdesk on 01934 422500.

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