Commercial property in Weston-Super-Mare
Weston-Super-Mare, often just known as Weston, is a coastal town in North Somerset 18 miles south-west of the city of Bristol. It has a population of around 83,641. Initially just known as ‘Weston’, the latin suffix ‘super-mare’, meaning above sea, was added sometime in the 14th century so that it would be easier to distinguish the town from the other many other villages and towns with the same name in the South West.
Until the 19th century, the area was a small village, but it experienced rapid expansion once it became a popular seaside resort. Once the Weston section of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Bristol to Exeter railway was completed, visitors flocked to the town from Bristol, the Midlands and further afield to enjoy the coastline, prompting now-derelict Birnbeck Pier to open in 1867. The still operational Grand Pier, located more centrally in the town, opened in 1904, although had to be almost totally rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2008.
Tourism is the largest industry in the town and a regeneration programme is taking place to restore the town to its former glory once again. It’s also a commuter town for many who work in Bristol, thanks to its excellent rail, road and bus services to the city and beyond.