George Double Building Contractor

George Double was the builder appointed to rebuild the Pier Head and Landing Stage at Clevedon Pier in 1891. Recently, the pier archive team have had some interesting correspondence with people trying to save another George Double structure – a

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New Flag. New Jerseys. Such extravagance!

Local Clevedon Historian and Archive Volunteer Jane Lilly recently rootled out another bit of the story of the pier. It involves new sweaters and a new flag – a perfect story for a dull November Friday. …………… After the Clevedon

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Find out about the Archive Catalogue

The Clevedon Pier Archive Catalogues holds many thousands of entries collating and referencing information about what is held in the collections. There are two ways to learn a little bit more: Find us on the National Archive Discovery Website A

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The Piermaster’s Wife

In April 1870, William Mants was appointed Pier Master by the Clevedon Pier Company.  His contract of employment is a lovely handwritten document and makes a fascinating read.  His salary was 12/6 a week with use of the Tollhouse to

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Clevedon Pier 1990 to 2001

Resume and personal reflections of Austin Davis Thanks to Jane Lilly and the Clevedon Civic Society History Group the Archive is slowly gaining a complete collection of the CCS publications. Covid-19 rather got in the way but we hope to

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3 Captains (and counting)

We love a Captain at the Clevedon Pier Archive and there are a few of them around in our collections which help bring the history and the heritage of the Pier to life. Here are three of our favourites…….enjoy!

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The Harbours, Docks and Piers Association

In 1847 the Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act was in place to oversee the boom in marine developments. The Clevedon Pier Company had had to fulfill the statutory requirement laid down in the 1847 Act of acquiring approval from

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Openings and Re-openings

Clevedon Pier must hold a record for openings and re-openings and making a very fine celebration of each and every one. The history of the pier – in four parts – can be found on this link. Well worth a

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The Pier’s Collection of News Cuttings

The Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust Archive holds a large collection of newspaper cuttings. The collection has come from a variety of sources and the work to sort and store them has been undertaken by several of our volunteers. We

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What The Butler Saw

One of the many treasures held on Clevedon Pier is a Mutoscope or what is often called a What the Butler Saw device. Victorian seaside visitors would pop a penny in the slot, turn the wheel and, by bending to

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Aunt Sallys and Cocoanuts

A report of the Clevedon Local Board of Health from 1885 contains an intriguing debate about whether Clevedon Beach should be used for entertainments such as Aunt Sally – an arrangement of canvas and the head of a woman and

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Artefacts

The Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust Archive holds several hundred artefacts to do with the history and heritage of the pier and the town. The Archive Volunteers aim to share them online. It is a work in progress. The Las

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Captain Alexander Campbell Citation

Captain Alexander Campbell was part of the Scottish Campbell family famous for building steamships and paddlesteamers. Alexander captained many of these ships including those that sailed in the Bristol Channel. In 1891 the passengers wanted to acknowledge Alexander and had

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Piermaster Mants 1872

In April 1870 a new Piermaster was appointed to be responsible for the day to day operations of the pier by the owners, the Clevedon Pier Company. William Mants would have extensive responsibilities as laid out in his contract of

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Clevedon 1864

The New Handbook of Clevedon – published 156 years ago this month – in May 1864 gives an insight into a seaside town which was pushing to having a pier erected for health, wealth and social welfare purposes. A selection

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