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Worle History Society
Worle History Society


We have been spreading our exhibition wings! So far we have put on 8 separate events, now planning number 9.



Our exhibition at Weston Museum in Burlington Street in March 2022 was a great success.  Thank you to all our visitors

          All our display boards and some newly framed original photographs of Old Worle will be on display.


Setting the scene

Exhibition will be open all day in normal museum hours, in the main atrium near the shop and the coffee bar.  Perfect.

Here we are then!

This space was full of our display boards, information files and our newly framed photos.

Alan and Dave setting up or taking down, not sure which, but they worked very hard.

Our first five years were marked by an exhibition held at Worle Community Centre in Lawrence Road on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th August 2014. Almost 500 people came along to join the party. Some bits and pieces to remind you are below. Richard Wyatt's review and his pictures are further down the page.


Pictures from our first exhibition August 2014

Worle Community Centre.  We had about 500 visitors.


  • August 2014 - Worle Community centre. Two day exhibition of our archives, first showing of our Blue Boards, slide show and primary source material
  • November 2014 - St Martin's Church. One day selected material relevant to the Church and the slide show.
  • February 2015 - Weston Museum. Five day show in the exhibition room. The complete collection including new boards of aerial photographs.
  • March 2015 to March 2016 - Worle Library. Exhibition corner. All 26 of our display boards on a rolling programme for 52 weeks, changed once a fortnight with support material
  • Spring 2015 - Milton and Old Worle Children's Centre. Six week mini exhibition of selected display boards.
  • October 2015 - Worle Library. Three day exhibition, display boards, slide show and archive files.
  • August 2017 - One day at Worle Community centre, display boards, slide show and archives
  • October 2017 - St Mark's Church for 2 days.  All the usual displays plus a walk on the Saturday afternoon, led by Dave Hart on his birthday!

    March 2022 - Weston Museum for 2 weeks.  Display boards and newly framed  original photographs of Edwardian Worle, never shown previously.



Selection from later exhibitions at Weston Museum, Worle Library and others.

Display Boards List for August exhibition
1. Early Worle: 1066 to 1300. Domesday book, family trees etc. Books on table
2. Population growth through time: graphs, maps aerial photos
3. Worle’s pubs: water colour paintings and other illustrative material
4. 19th Century: Tithe Map, Vernacular Buildings. File and Photos
5. Listed Buildings: photographs, plans and file. Windmill Book
6. World War 1: Roll of honour, war memorial and file
7. World War 2: photographs, war memorial. 8 files, books and journal
8. 1949 Ordnance Survey pictures. Photographs and file
9. Carnivals, Coronation and Pageant: 1953 files, carnival file, Life in Worle book
10. High Street and Station Road: photographs [then and now?]
11. Shops and Commerce: High Street pictures and Norman Porter’s fish
12. The Square and The Scaurs: Photographs. [then and now?]
13. Gunnings corner, Church Road
14. Kewstoke Road. photographs, [then and now]
15. Hill Road, Coronation Road, Spring Hill
16. Infants’ School. Photographs, entry registers and heads’ log
17. Elementary School/Junior School: The school on the hill and history of education
18. Senior School: photos, files
19. Century Club: pictures, minutes, accounts and file
20. St Martins Church, pictures [including sketches] through time. Books and Bell files
21. Methodist Church: pictures, plans and file
22. Sport: Cricket, Football. Photos, minutes, memories. File
23. Worle’s Lost Waterways: map, commentary, newspaper cutting etc.
24. Worle’s Railway Stations.
25. Ivy Lodge [High Street]
Total of at least 60 files on a wide variety of topics.
Additional Displays/attractions
Items for sale: 2015 calendars, local history books and pamphlets.
Walks: August annual walks and guided walks for schools. Pamphlets.
Churchyard database on green notice boards and files on tables
Family Trees on green notice boards and census files on tables
Weddings file
Flower Show file
Powerpoint picture show in tea room
Ancestry Desk in Main Hall – Graham Payne will research your ancestors.
Information Desk: programmes for year, membership cards, library books, list of boards
Drinks and cakes in tea room. Free drinks. Cake £1 a slice.
Maps and aerials of Worle
Oral History
Treasure Hunt for children

Looking back at Worle, Richard Wyatt

Posted on August 15, 2014 by Richard Wyatt • Posted in The Gallery

It’s a little off the Bath patch but l wanted to mention a superb two-day exhibition being held today and tomorrow – Friday August 15th and Saturday August 16th – by members of Worle Historical Society at the Worle Community Centre in Lawrence Road from 10 tip 7 (Friday) and from 10 until 4pm (Saturday).

It’s a place you drive through on your way into Weston-super-Mare but years ago the ‘village’ was bigger than the collection of fishermens’ cottages on the coast.
Early visitors at the Worle Historical Society exhibition.

When my grandparents – Arthur and Gladys Pope – kept the Lamb Inn public house it was just a small community – complete with butcher, baker, dairy, general stores and even a combined furnishings and sweet shop called Skidmores – which made its own ice-cream. Skiddies we knew it as when l was a young boy. I lived there until l was six but my parents had a much longer association.

I was able to take my mother to the exhibition and it quite made her day! The Society has been in existence for five years and felt it was the right time to share their archives, pictures, maps, family trees and databases with all those who were interested.

My mother deep in conversation with Mr and Mrs David Kingsbury at the exhibition.

An exhibition team has been working all summer to prepare 25 display boards on a variety of topics from population growth to schools.

We bought a Society calendar for 2015 and l tried some delicious lemon drizzle cake. They even give you a complimentary cuppa! My mother met several old friends and was swept back in time to her years as a girl and then as a young married mother.


And the latest is our Exhibition Corner at Worle Library which was launched on 20th March 2015, shortly after the eclipse of the sun!
Four of our exhibition boards were on display until the end of May at Milton and Old Worle Children's Centre in Mendip Avenue. This building was originally Worle County Infants' School which opened its doors in 1901. The pictures below were taken today as a reminder of the old school hall.
In October, 2015, we presented our exhibition for three consecutive days at Worle Library. Worle Village Primary School visited on the second day, a class at a time, which was great fun.
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