Weston -super- Mare is an English holiday resort on the Bristol Channel in North Somerset. The city has about 71,700 inhabitants (2001) and lies about 28 km south-west of Bristol.
Weston -super- Mare is known for its sandy beaches, although the sea at low tide can be up to 1.5 km away. Weston is clear from the Anglo-Saxon language and originally meant to do western (western settlement ). The suffix " -super- Mare " is unusual in that it comes from the medieval Latin and literally means above the sea.
Weston grew especially in the Victorian era, when holidays came to the lake in fashion. Together with the neighboring Burnham -on-Sea Weston benefited from proximity to Bristol, Bath and South Wales. With the construction of the railway, thousands of visitors came to the city. For them, the 1867 Birnbeck Pier was completed. He offered the visitors entertainment venues, tea rooms, fair business and a photo studio.
Because many visitors no longer visited the center of the city by the Birnbeck Pier, a new pier was built closer to the main streets of the local dealers. This opened in 1904, The Grand Pier was originally supposed to be 2.4 km long. It was a huge game room with slot machines, bumper cars, haunted house and bowling area. In the summer and on weekends entire families with small children frolicked on the pier.
On July 28, 2008 broke the early morning from a serious fire at the historic pier " Grand Pier". The first few months earlier, completely modernized and renovated pier was completely destroyed. After the reconstruction, " Grand Pier" was opened on October 23, 2010.
After the Second World War fell, as with almost all seaside resorts, the popularity of Weston. The city, however, was an industrial center, including for aircraft. The M5 motorway is very close to Weston and is today partly a bedroom community whose residents work in Bristol.
The flow of tourists has not yet dried up today. In addition to a shopping center, the city offers a helicopter museum, an aquarium and a miniature railway.
Weston -super- Mare has since the early 1980s is twinned with Hildesheim.
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