Occasionally i need to travel to one of the UK’s glorious and traditional sea-side towns and so it was that i passed an afternoon photographing a hotel in Weston-Super-Mare. After a frenetic session I took a walk about in the sunshine and made a few observations.
The Grand pier burnt down a few years ago and was rebuilt complete with amusements and all the fun of the fair at the end.
On a very positive note …there is ice-cream, and a little further away…a vintage carousel which warms the cockle of the heart.
The beach is notorious for the huge tidal range – i think it’s about the 2nd longest range in the world which means the sea can be very close…. and a few hours later almost a mile away across some very muddy estuarine flats.
There’s sand though and plenty of it – with dunes at the southern end and a pleasant little bay in the north that’s relatively sheltered and a good place to build sandcastles.
To the north there’s a a very pleasing walk cross the bay in front of the artful lake which retains water even though the tide has gone out.
All along the promenade though are these wooden posts that look a little like ships timbers embedded upright into the tarmac…
Nothing amazing here, except that no-one seems to have the foggiest idea what they are or what they represent.
Even the local hoteliers who’v been there an age don’t know who put them up or why, which is a shame because presumably at some point in the past it was someone’s ‘big’ idea to do this. The Timbers are variously decorated and often have carefully carved holes in then which sort of beg you to look through…. which you can if you’re seven feet tall.
They are to be found along the northern end of the beach and around the ‘lake’…… I’d love to know what they are and what they represent and it’s a shame to think someone’s work of decorating the town has been forgotten.