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Autumnal Nailsea 

Leafy suburbs

A walk in the park captured by readers Matt Sims and Gwen Gardner at Millennium Park at the end of October 2016.

Matt said; "Just moved here and found there is a lot more to Nailsea than I realised, love it, cheers."

And Gwen viewing the top two photographs added her image.

She said: I took a similar picture.

"Lovely tranquil day walking home throught the park."

But Cathryn Butler said: "Forgive me, clearly a failing on my part, but that's the first time in 40 plus years that I've looked at anything in Nailsea and seen beauty.

"Though I did rather like the look of the swimming pool roof at Nailsea School when I was a pupil there back in pre-history.

"Thank you so much for sharing."

Nailsea author Terry Smith wrote the book Trees In And Around Nailsea printed with financial assistance from the town council.

It describes some of the important trees in our neighbourhood, with historic and contemporary photographs, most in full colour.

This 52 page book also has national grid references to guide those interested in locating these trees.

The book priced at £5 is still available and you can catch Terry most days drinking coffee at Waitrose cafe.

The author, who established the nature reserve at Stockway North in 1996 and at Moorend Spout in 2008, has also written a book entitled The Natural History Of Nailsea.

Contemporary Nailsea 

Around our town

Backwell Lake
with Troy Pointer Photography

  • Photographer and film-maker and former fisherman Troy Pointer went on an early morning shot at Backwell Lake in July 2016. To find out more about the Yatton-based cameraman who is available for special occasions, weddings, commercial photography projects, corporate events, model shoots, media images for magazines, public display, underground stations and advertising bookings go to his website by clicking HERE, call 01934 830152/0776 861 5393 or email info@troypointerphotography.com

Backwell Lake with Cynthia Miller

Out and about with David Britton

David Britton, a retired electrician with international construction company Drake & Scull, recorded the demise of the Friendship public house.

David has lived in Nailsea since 1968 and has been taking lots of local photos for 30 years.

A keen local historian and part of the Nailsea Then & Now social media group on Facebook he is aged 69 and lives at Southfield Road on land that was once the Heath Pit and then became Tavener's timber yard.

Landlord Russell Wragg closed the former public house early in 2013 saying it was casualty of increasing competition and cheap bar prices offered by nearby Wetherspoons.

Brewery giant Punch Taverns put the freehold on the market for offers around £300,000.

Priced at £249,995-£295,000 the five three bed hi-spec homes sold almost before the development was completed.

The Friendship Inn first opened its doors to customers back in 1792 and it was the second oldest pub in Nailsea after The Moorend Spout, formerly The Butcher’s Arms at Kingshill.

Although not a listed building The Friendship is just a stone’s throw from the old glassworks and was originally called The Glasshouse Inn with the cottage next door acting as a beer house.

A late ukulele playing publician Malcolm Atkins was related to the Somerset crickets Mervyn Kitchen who was born in the town. 

Captions are added by David and the photos are displayed in the date order he took them.

The second gallery by David is a contemporary look at Samuel Bird the television repair shop at 118 High Street.

The business was begun by the late Samuel Bird in a garage workshop and was once located further down the High Street.

As fashions changed it swapped from video rentals to providing high end TVs at competitive prices while still fitting aerials and doing electronic repairs.

Brothers Eric and Martin Bird took over from their late father in the 1990s.

For more information about what they sell and prices click HERE

Abstract Nailsea 

Abstract scenes

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