Gallery: Weston at war

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 May 2012

Tivoli cinema after being bombed in the war

Tivoli cinema after being bombed in the war

Amberley Publishing

PHOTOS showing the extent of the devastation in Weston through the war have been compiled into a new book.

Somerset At War Through Time includes snaps of key sites from around the town, such as the train station and the High Street, ravaged by bombs.

The worst nights of what was known as the Weston blitz were June 28 and 29 1942, where more than 50 German bombers attacked the town, according to the book.

Author Henry Buckton explored the history of the area as part of his research into the book.

He found that Birnbeck Pier was once used by the navy as a site to test new and secret weapons.

Mr Buckton, aged 54, who works for the Ministry of Defence, then went to the locations of the pictures and took modern-day equivalents.

The book also has pictures of Uphill and the Somerset levels, as well as aircraft from the time.

Somerset At War Through Time is out now, priced £14.99 and is available from

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