Picture Past: May 10, 1968 – National Trust in line to buy Woodspring Priory
PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 May 2018
The sale of a historic site and a gift to a United States mayor made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from its May 10 edition in 1968.
• The National Trust was considering buying Woodspring Priory, in Middle Hope, and its accompanying 450 acres of land.
The owner, Graham Burrough, had already given Sand Point to the National Trust in 1963 and was selling the estate in an auction.
Richard Burrough, the owner’s uncle had farmed the land for 35 years and wanted to retire.
The Bristol City Corporation offered £3,000 to the trust to assist it in its efforts.
The price was expected to be £100,000.
The priory at Woodspring was founded in 1210 by William de Courtenay, a grandson of Reginald Fitz Urse, one of the murderers of Thomas Becket.
It was dedicated to St Thomas, but there was no evidence William endowed it to make amends for his grandfather’s crime.
• A pair of shoes manufactured at Weston’s Clarks Bushacre factory in Locking Road was sent to a mayor in the United States.
He was the mayor of Weston in Massachusetts, and they were a gift to mark the town’s 250th anniversary.
The towns had forged links during World War Two.
• The Jeff Beck group, featuring Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, was due to perform at the Winter Gardens.
• The head Post Office in Weston closed for two hours when 18 members of staff stopped work as part of a national stoppage.
The strike was to try to get negotiators around the table to discuss pay.
• Cheddar strawberry-growers told an enquiry they were considerably affected by transport problems following the closure of the Strawberry Line railway.
• Churchill Parish Council agreed to spend £4,000 on modernising and improving its War Memorial Hall.
• The discovery of bombs around the Somerset coast, following two years of rough seas, led to fears the sea defences were being eroded. An aerial survey of the coastline was going to be carried out.
• A query to Brean Parish Council about the possibility of fencing off part of the beach for pleasure flight aircraft during the summer months drew unfavourable comments.
Some felt it would be dangerous for holiday-makers and would not be conducive to the relaxing atmosphere.
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