John Hugh Smyth-Pigott

PUBLISHED: 13:28 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:09 04 April 2017

John Hugh Smyth-Pigott (Picture: Weston Museum collection)

John Hugh Smyth-Pigott (Picture: Weston Museum collection)

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John Hugh Smyth-Pigott :: Lord of the Manor

1792-1853

Though many in the family were quite bonkers, John had vision. He inherited the manorial lordship of Weston-super-Mare on Christmas Day, 1823, following the death of the Rev. Wadham Pigott.

The energetic young squire encouraged village children to plant trees on the hillside, initially to create a private game reserve, but once mature he threw this woodland open to public wandering.

Two of his original gate lodges are still with us, one in private occupation in Worlebury Hill Road and the other serving food in castellated splendour at the Kewstoke end of the Toll Road.

He replaced the crumbling Medieval St John’s with a new parish church and greatly enlarged his manorial residence at Grove House most of which was subsequently destroyed during World War Two.

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