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Join the Civic Society for their monthly talk. This month’s speaker is Councillor John Crockford-Hawley.

The 1947 Development Plan was so radical, so car orientated and so dismissive of Victorian architecture that nothing short of starting anew was deemed appropriate for the town’s future prosperity.

“A Garden City By The Sea” had an airing but this hugely controversial plan never left the drawing board (apart from one residential property which was built).

And who were the great national figures behind this plan? The Hon Lionel Brett (Rector of the Royal College of Art and President of the RIBA) and Sir Clough Williams-Ellis (of Portmeirion fame).

The story has never really been told and few plans remain in existence but Councillor John Crockford-Hawley has researched the fascinating and controversial subject, recreated plans from the old documents and produced a fully illustrated PowerPoint presentation especially for Weston Civic Society.

Part of the Heritage Talk series thanks to support from Historic England and the High Street Heritage Action Zone.


doors open 19:00
talk starts 19:30


All are welcome – entrance is free to members, and £2.00 for non-members.


Weston Museum
Burlington Street
Weston-super-Mare, Somerset BS23 1PR United Kingdom
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