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    A series of informative local history talks organised by The Friends of Weymouth Museum and held in nearby Hope United Reform Church.



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    8 hours ago

    Weymouth Museum

    The last "Teas and Talks" of this year is next Monday 18 November. Historian and researcher Bruce Upton will be presenting "Lewd Wenches & Loose Living Fellowes". Come and hear some stories of debauchery and degeneracy based on 17th century Dorset magistrates records!
    As usual the talk will be held in Hope United Reformed Church at 8 Trinity Street. Tea & Biscuits served at 2pm - the talk begins at 2.30pm.
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    The last Teas and Talks of this year is next Monday 18 November.  Historian and researcher Bruce Upton will be presenting Lewd Wenches & Loose Living Fellowes.  Come and hear some stories of debauchery and degeneracy based on 17th century Dorset magistrates records!
As usual the talk will be held in Hope United Reformed Church at 8 Trinity Street. Tea & Biscuits served at 2pm - the talk begins at 2.30pm.

    3 days ago

    Weymouth Museum

    This is a Kestin photo of the Old Town Hall probably from some time in the 1930s. The large poster on the Coffee Tavern announces Remembrance Day, November 11th and it is probable that at this time the Tavern was occupied by the Weymouth branch of the British Legion.
    One of our volunteers is currently researching the history of the Coffee Tavern which he believes was occupied by the British Legion in the 1930s and 1940s before becoming the Conservative Club in the 1950s.
    Also note to the right of the picture the distant spire of Holy Trinity School along Chapelhay Street and the High West Street Tavern, then a John Groves pub.
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    This is a Kestin photo of the Old Town Hall probably from some time in the 1930s.  The large poster on the Coffee Tavern announces Remembrance Day, November 11th and it is probable that at this time the Tavern was occupied by the Weymouth branch of the British Legion.
One of our volunteers is currently researching the history of the Coffee Tavern which he believes was occupied by the British Legion in the 1930s and 1940s before becoming the Conservative Club in the 1950s.
Also note to the right of the picture the distant spire of Holy Trinity School along Chapelhay Street and the High West Street Tavern, then a John Groves pub.

     

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    Bill sansford the land lord played darts for the last year he was land lord proper old lookin pub l played in Darts team went swan,all full as Ticks coach conked out wot a palaver!!🤣😂 he moved in Edward homes in James street with his misses 1970 He did his time a Plummer on Crumbleholms the builders he wiz gone wen I started the same

    For got ta say I fownd Ilda bills misses in the Bathroom Layiig across the floored cold as ice Jesus had called for Her

    5 days ago

    Weymouth Museum

    The Times article which we published last week was probably referring to the late 1980s plans for 'Melcombe Court', a huge development that was proposed between St Thomas Street and Commercial Road. This included 198,000 sq ft of shopping, parking for 1,000 cars and 68 homes on the waterfront, each with mooring and marine facilities.
    According to the brochure the design was "entirely complementary with Weymouth's traditional architecture" and included a "glass wall climber lift".
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    The Times article which we published last week was probably referring to the late 1980s plans for Melcombe Court, a huge development that was proposed between St Thomas Street and Commercial Road.  This included 198,000 sq ft of shopping, parking for 1,000 cars and 68 homes on the waterfront, each with mooring and marine facilities.
According to the brochure the design was entirely complementary with Weymouths traditional architecture and included a glass wall climber lift.Image attachmentImage attachment

     

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    The 1966 Town Centre Plan was mind-boggling. It proposed not only a new 'Southern Distributor Road' cutting a swathe from the Town Bridge to the Pavilion, involving much demolition, but also a high-level service road along the rooftops between St Thomas Street and St Mary Street! (To be fair, a few parts of that plan made sense.)

    Had many meetings with would-be developers Carters then Speyhawk about their schemes, late 1980s-early 1990s. It was Shearer's New Bond Street scheme that eventually got built, opened in 2000. Here is another artist's impression of one of the non-starters.

    Given the way almost every high street across the country struggles these days, and the continued struggle to fill empty shops it is probably a very good thing this didn't happen. And 80's architecture won't go down in history as being particularly pleasing to the eye.

    That's what should have been done!! Why cannot this still be done?

    Looks largely the same footprint as the subsequently built Debenhams / Cineworld complex in the late 90's. On the face of it, it appears a more appealing development than the one eventually completed. Was the plan to demolish part of the White Hart.....?Wasn't there also a post war plan to pretty much demolish the entire area of Melcombe Regis and build some seaside version of the Bull Ring - or is that just urban legend?

    Such a shame it didn’t happen

    Could do with some consideration now

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